Are you ready to rock! Roll! And run! TriMet gets you to and around the Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon


Fares required to take MAX to the start/finish line area

The Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon gets the annual Rose Festival season rolling this weekend and TriMet plans to get people to and around the race. The run kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 19 and should last until about 3 p.m.  All MAX lines and more than a dozen bus lines serve the downtown area and come within seven blocks of the start and finish lines. Unlike last year, fares are now required to take MAX to the start/finish line of the race in downtown Portland.

Getting to the Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon on MAX

Those heading to the race from the west side should deboard Blue/Red Line trains at the Yamhill District Station and walk toward Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Customers coming from the eastside should get off the trains at the Morrison/SW 3rd Ave Station. Riders taking the Green/Yellow trains at Pioneer Place/SW 5th Ave should deboard and head toward the river.

Getting around the Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon

The run does not cross MAX tracks so trains will not be blocked during the event.

Ten bus lines will be detoured in downtown, southeast and northeast Portland
on Sunday: 4, 6, 8, 14, 15, 33, 35, 44, 70 and 77.

  • Eastbound service on the five bus lines that use the Steel Bridge will be rerouted to the Broadway Bridge beginning at 4 a.m. through about 1:30 p.m.
  • Other bus routes will detour beginning at 7a.m. through
    about 1:30 p.m.

Due to the detours, more than 150 bus stops, mostly in Downtown Portland and on the inner east side, will be closed. Buses on other lines may face minor delays as traffic is held for runners to pass so riders should plan extra time if traveling in the area of the run. Riders can find out if their bus line will be impacted by visiting on the morning of the event. To view the course of the Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon, go to

Plan ahead

TriMet customer service staff will be at the event’s Health & Fitness Expo, being held at the Portland Expo Center today and Saturday, pre-selling fares for Sunday as well as providing service information.

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan your trip to the Expo Center or the run. Visit, for smartphones for information on travel and walk times and cost.