Train to plane: ridership up during holiday weekend


MAX Red Line sees more than seven percent increase during the Thanksgiving holiday

TriMet’s MAX Red Line saw a jump in ridership over the Thanksgiving holiday with Wednesday through Sunday ridership up 7.6 percent from the same period in 2012. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend continues to be the MAX Red Line’s busiest time of the year.

This past weekend the Red Line provided rides to 15,500 airline travelers, airport employees and visitors. Last year, the ridership for that period was 14,400.

The train-to-plane MAX line, which provides direct service to Portland International Airport, saw a 1.2 percent increase in ridership on Wednesday, November 27, and Sunday ridership was up 9.7 percent.

MAX Red Line was the first train-to-plane connection on the West Coast and continues to serve as a quick connection to bypass traffic. Trains run about every 15 minutes most of the day.

Travel tips and TriMet’s winter holiday schedule

MAX Red Line to PDX
Planning to get away for the upcoming winter holidays? The MAX Red Line offers a quick, convenient and cost-effective way to get out of town.  Plan a trip to the airport.

Connect to Union Station and Greyhound
Not going by air? You can also take transit to the train. MAX Green Line, MAX Yellow Line and various bus lines serve Amtrak’s Union Station and the Greyhound Bus Terminal. Plan a trip to Union Station or Greyhound.

Christmas and New Year holiday schedules
Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (New Year’s Day), we will be operating on Sunday schedules, and customer service offices will be closed. Several bus lines and WES Commuter Rail do not have service on Sundays, and the Portland Streetcar runs on a reduced schedule, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. For more information on holiday schedules visit

On Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve), we will operate regular service with extra late-night service on the MAX and all service will be free after 8 p.m. More at

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