Don’t let the search for parking spaces rain on your Grand Floral Parade! Leave the driving to TriMet

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TriMet staff and volunteers will be out in force to help parade goers

GrandFloral_2012TriMet plans for another busy Saturday as Rose Festival parade goers find leaving the driving to TriMet convenient and easy. We saw ridership increase by more than 25 percent over an average Saturday on last weekend’s Starlight Parade day, and expect ridership will also be up this Saturday for the Grand Floral Parade.

All MAX lines and more than a dozen bus lines serve downtown Portland. This is the first Rose Festival since the end of the Free Rail Zone, so fares are required to take MAX to the parade. TriMet staff and volunteers will be out in force to help make it a great day. They’ll be selling fares at several busy transit centers and MAX stations, helping parade goers navigate the system and providing safety and security around our trains and buses as they pass through downtown.

MAX service/impacts

Extra MAX trains will run as needed before and after the parade. Plan to add 15 to 30 minutes to MAX trips through downtown during the event because trains will be stopped periodically for the parade. After the parade, be patient; waits for trains may be long especially for parents with big or oversized strollers.

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.

Four bus lines – 4, 6, 14 and 33 – will be detoured tonight from 9:30 p.m. through about 10:30 p.m. when the Hawthorne Bridge closes for the fireworks show.

Purchase a convenient Day Pass

If you’re heading to the parade, the dragon boat races this weekend or plan to spend more than two hours enjoying the food, rides and fireworks at the CityFair tonight, 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 events such as the 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.

Tips for taking TriMet to the Grand Floral Parade

  • 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 parade.
  • Take regular bus service 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.

Plan ahead

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