Weekend-only service begins Saturday, May 3; daily service begins Memorial Day
TriMet’s popular Line 83-Washington Park Loop is a great way to check out all the popular attractions in Washington Park – and this year you can ride for free, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R). The seasonal bus line begins weekend service Saturday, May 3.
“This is one of our favorite bus lines, providing a convenient way to visit many of the places of interest that make Portland such a great place to live and visit,” said TriMet Executive Director of Transportation Shelly Lomax. “We are happy to partner with PP&R to provide free service on the Washington Park Loop this summer to tourists and our local riders alike.”
PP&R will be picking up the cost of the fares on the Line 83 this year.
“Washington Park is a treasure for Portlanders and visitors alike and Portland Parks & Recreation is proud to sponsor the free bus rides as a way to improve everyone’s experience in the park,” said PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. “The Washington Park Loop bus is a great way to explore the park and visit multiple attractions during one visit.”
Among the attractions:
- Oregon Zoo
- Portland Children’s Museum
- International Rose Test Garden
- Children’s Play Park
- Japanese Garden
- Hoyt Arboretum
- World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
- Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial
- Oregon Holocaust Memorial
- Hiking trails
“Washington Park Pay-to-Park revenues will pay for this exciting free service, and we are thankful for the continued support of park visitors,” added Abbaté.
Line 83 runs about every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends, with daily service beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day. It returns to weekend-only service after Labor Day through October 26. From August 8 through 15, service will be extended for evening concerts being held in the park, as well as on August 13 for a special movie night.
The Washington Park Loop connects with MAX Blue and Red lines and other bus service in downtown Portland. Just catch 83-Washington Park Loop across from the Providence Park MAX Station or at the Washington Park MAX station. During Portland Timbers matches, the Line 83 will not serve the stop near Providence Park due to street closures.