Making Memories this Rose Festival season?

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TriMet has tips to get you and your family to and from the Starlight

starlight_parade_logoMake some memories with TriMet this Rose Festival season as the Starlight Run and Parade gets ready to shine on Saturday, May 31 and our crews gear up to get you and your family to and from the festivities. Rose Festival parade days are typically TriMet’s busiest days of the year and staff from throughout the agency will pitch in to help. Last year, TriMet saw a big increase in ridership on Starlight day – up more than 40 percent from a typical Saturday – as we provided some 256,800 trips.

Taking TriMet to/from the Starlight Run and Parade

Hop on board

  • Twenty bus lines and all MAX lines serve the Portland City Center. They will run on Saturday schedules.
  • TriMet has a number of Park & Rides. Check out trimet.org/parkandride. The lots closer to downtown usually fill up first so consider one a little further out.
  • Seven bus lines – 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 54/56 and 77 – intersect the parade route and will be detoured.
  • An eighth bus line, the Line 6, will be detoured during the run only, from about 6:15 p.m. to approximately 6:45 p.m.

Extra, extra!

  • Extra MAX trains will run as needed before and after the parade. Plan an extra 15 to 30 minutes to trips through downtown during the event as trains will be stopped periodically for the parade and run.
  • Starting about 5:30 p.m. and running until 9 p.m., express buses will pick up riders at NE 13th and Holladay in the Lloyd District, then travel to SW 2nd, stopping 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 off in the Lloyd District. Express buses are a great option for avoiding crowded MAX trains to get out of downtown.

Don’t forget your fare! We have an app for that

  • Fares are required in downtown and elsewhere on the TriMet system.
  • Go mobile! Download the free TriMet Tickets app to buy fares for your family. No need to keep track of your tickets; they’re stored in your phone. Learn how easy it is at trimet.org/mobiletickets.
  • Whether using the mobile ticket app or making a purchase in person, buy a Day Pass. It’s the same price as two 2-hour tickets. TriMet staff will be at several MAX and bus stops to provide help and sell tickets.

Bring some patience but leave big strollers at home

  • Bring some patience. Expect some long lines for MAX trains immediately following the parades but the trains and buses will keep rolling until the crowds disperse.
  • To leave downtown, take regular bus service, the Lloyd Center express bus or a different MAX line and then transfer. For example, 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.
  • Bicycles also take up extra room, so those with bikes may have a longer wait as well.

Have a fun and safe Starlight

  • Stay safe by staying aware around our buses and trains. Don’t cross against the light or get distracted by your smartphone. Our operators will be watching out for you, but please watch for our vehicles too.
  • Protect your stuff when in big crowds. Stow your electronic devices and be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you see something suspicious, say something. Alert a TriMet employee, a police officer, a Rose Festival staff member or call 9-1-1.

Plan ahead for a spectacular Starlight night
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.