Take TriMet to Rose Festival fun but don’t forget fares are now required on the MAX in downtown

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Extra service added for Rose Festival parade days, which are our busiest days of the year.

Rose_FestAvoid the parking hassles in downtown Portland and take TriMet to the kickoff of the 2013 Portland Rose Festival tonight and to the upcoming parades. But if you take MAX to the festivities don’t forget fares are required. This is the first Rose Festival since the Free Rail Zone was eliminated so we will likely see some riders who haven’t ridden the MAX since the change last September.

If you’re heading to a parade or planning to spend more than two hours enjoying the food, rides and fun at the CityFair on the Portland waterfront, buy a Day Pass. It’s the same prices as two 2-hour tickets.

Day Pass Fares
Adults:                        $5
Youth:                         $3.30
Honored citizens:       $2

You can also plan ahead for parade days or other Rose Festival festivities by purchasing tickets online at trimet.org or picking up tickets when you’re at the grocery store. More than 100 neighborhood retail outlets including most grocery stores and the TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square sell TriMet fares.

Rose Festival Opening Celebration and Fireworks – Friday, May 24 at 9:30 p.m.

Extra MAX service will be added as needed following the fireworks tonight. The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed during the fireworks, detouring four bus lines – 4, 6, 14 and 33 – from 9:30 p.m. through about 10:30 p.m.

Tips for taking TriMet to Rose Festival parades

  • Ridership on Rose Festival parade days is higher than typical Saturdays. All bus and MAX lines will run on Saturday schedules, but extra service will be added as needed.
  • Buy Day Passes when heading to the parades to avoid long lines afterwards. TriMet staff will be at several MAX and bus stops to provide help and sell tickets.
  • Expect long waits for MAX trains following the parades, especially the Starlight Parade as everyone attempts to head home at the same time.
  • Take regular bus service, the Lloyd Center express bus or a different MAX line to leave downtown. For example, riders can catch a Green Line train on 6th Avenue and transfer to the Blue Line at Gateway Transit Center.
  • Avoid bringing big strollers on MAX. With huge crowds expected, those with a big stroller may have to wait longer to find space on the trains.

Starlight Run and Parade – Saturday, June 1 at 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

MAX service
Extra MAX trains will run as needed before and after the parade. Riders should plan to add 15 to 30 minutes to their trips through downtown during the event because trains will be stopped periodically for the parade and run.

Lloyd Center express bus service before and after parade
Starting about 5:30 p.m., express buses will pick up riders at NE 13th and Holladay, then travel to SW 2nd, stopping at Taylor, Morrison, Oak and Ankeny streets. After the parade through about 12:30 a.m., the buses will pick up riders at those four locations on 2nd Avenue before dropping of in the Lloyd District.

Bus detours
Seven bus lines—12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 54/56 and 77—intersect the parade route and will be detoured.

Grand Floral Parade – Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m.

MAX service
Extra MAX trains will run as needed before and after the parade. Riders should plan to add 15 to 30 minutes to their trips through downtown during the event because trains will be stopped periodically for the parade.

Bus detours
Ten bus lines—4, 6, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 35, 44 and 54/56—intersect the parade route and will be detoured during the event.

Plan ahead

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan your trip during the Rose Festival, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit trimet.org, or m.trimet.org for smartphones.