TriMet plans extra bus and MAX service for soccer matches
The 2014 Portland Timbers regular season kicks off on Saturday, March 8 at the newly named Providence Park. In advance of the match, TriMet is renaming the MAX station located across from the stadium. Crews will install temporary Providence Park MAX Station signs on Saturday morning, with permanent signs going up by June 30. In the coming months, we also will be updating other signage and audio announcements with the new Providence Park MAX Station name. The Timbers will pay for the cost of the MAX station signs, and any other changes done outside our standard annual system updates.
Take TriMet and avoid parking hassles
Soccer fans heading to Timbers matches can avoid parking hassles by hopping on a MAX train or a bus. MAX Blue and Red line trains drop fans off across the street from Providence Park. Two regular service bus lines, Line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd and Line 20-Burnside/Stark, serve the stadium. Plan your trip there with TriMet’s online trip planner. Express buses also will run between downtown Portland and the stadium.
Express buses running before and after matches
- Catch buses across from MAX stations at Mall/SW 5th Ave and Galleria/SW 10th Ave beginning about 90 minutes before a match.
- After the game, board express buses across from Providence Park’s main entrance on Morrison Street at 18th Ave. The buses will drop off at three MAX stations (Library/SW 9th Ave, Pioneer Square South and Mall/SW 4th Ave) to connect to parking garages and MAX Green/Yellow line trains.
- Standard fare is required on express buses.
Use caution around MAX platforms, tracks
Extra MAX trains will be available, if needed, following matches to help fans get on their way home. We remind riders and other fans to pay attention and use precaution around our trains and buses, as the crowds swell outside the stadium.
Because of safety concerns, the nearby Kings Hill/SW Salmon St MAX platform will be closed two hours before game time. It will remain closed until an hour and a half after matches or until the crowd clears.
Riders should expect to have their fares checked when arriving at Providence Park, as well as before they board trains after the matches. Those without a valid fare face a $175 citation or exclusion from the system for up to 90 days.
Consider buying a day pass when heading to the matches to avoid the need to make two purchases. You no longer need to stop at the ticket machine or a retail outlet to get your fare. Our new TriMet Tickets mobile app lets you easily purchase and use tickets and passes instantly on your phone – anywhere, anytime. Just download the free app, register your debit/credit card in our secure system and you’re ready to buy, activate and go. Learn more at trimet.org/mobiletickets.