TriMet plans extra service for Starlight Parade night

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Fares required on all buses and MAX trains

starlight-2With nice weather forecast for the Starlight Run and Parade this weekend, expect big crowds in downtown and high demand for parking spaces; but you can avoid that hassle by taking TriMet to the event. Last year TriMet provided 18 percent more rides on the day of the Starlight Parade than on a typical Saturday.

Extra buses and trains running on Starlight night

More than a dozen bus lines and all MAX lines serve downtown Portland and will get you to and from the festivities. Extra service buses and trains will also be running Saturday evening and a large number of TriMet staff and volunteers will be out helping riders navigate the system safely. This is the first Rose Festival since the Free Rail Zone was eliminated so help us spread the word that fares are required on the MAX in downtown and throughout the system.

If you’re heading to the parade 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

MAX service/delays

RoseFestParadeMAXExtra MAX trains will run as needed before and after the parade. Those with big or oversized strollers will likely have a long wait after the parade ends as trains will be crowded with people heading out of downtown. During the event, plan an extra 15 to 30 minutes to your trips through downtown because trains will be stopped periodically for the parade and run.

Bus service/detours

In addition to the regular bus lines that serve downtown, express buses will be running between the Lloyd District and downtown before and after the parade. Starting about 5:30 p.m. through 9 p.m., the expresses buses will pick up riders at NE 13th and Holladay and then drop off on SW 2nd Avenue 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.

During the event, seven bus lines that intersect the parade route—12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 54/56 and 77—will be detoured.

Tips for taking TriMet to the 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 or vice versa.
  • 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.

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. You can also plan ahead by purchasing TriMet tickets online 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.