Plan ahead for vice president’s visit to Portland Wednesday


Convention Center MAX Station, nearby bus stops closed; other impacts to afternoon commute

Plan ahead if using TriMet on Wednesday afternoon, October 8, as Vice President Joe Biden comes to town for a political rally. The rally will be at the Oregon Convention Center at 1 p.m. For security reasons, MAX trains will not be serving the Convention Center Station in advance of and during the rally. Bus stops adjacent to the convention center will likely also be closed. Other service disruptions to bus and MAX service may occur, especially during the afternoon rush hour. If attending the public RSVP-only rally, you are encouraged to take TriMet.

MAX service:

  • MAX Blue/Green/Red Line trains will not serve the Convention Center MAX Station from about noon through 5 p.m. With the NE 7th Ave Station also closed, plan extra time to use either the Rose Quarter Transit Center or Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave Station.
  • As with past dignitary visits, MAX trains may stop and hold at platforms while the vice president’s motorcade is in route to and from the Oregon Convention Center. As the rally is expected to wrap up around 4 p.m. or so, that would have an impact to MAX rush hour service. Plan extra time into your commute.
  • If taking MAX to the rally, use the Rose Quarter Transit Center stops. All MAX lines serve the area. Plan your trip to the rally.

Bus service:

See something. Say something

Whether riding TriMet, attending a large community event or in your own neighborhood, we remind you to be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. If you see something suspicious or alarming, say something. Call 9-1-1 or if you are on a TriMet vehicle, let the operator know.

TriMet Tickets mobile app

Heading to the rally and need a TriMet Day Pass? We have an app for that! Our 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

Plan ahead

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