Kick off the hap-happiest season of all with TriMet


Take TriMet to holiday festivities in Portland City Center Friday

Tree-at-PCS-1024x731It’s the most wonderful time of the year and TriMet wants to help you kick off the hap-happiest season of all by getting you to and from holiday festivities.

There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, the Macy’s Holiday Parade for going and a holiday tree lighting in the Square – on Friday, Nov. 28. Avoid the hassle of parking by hopping on the MAX or a bus to get to the festivities. All MAX lines run through downtown as well as more than 15 bus lines.

Macy’s Holiday Parade

Arrive early for the parade to get a spot along the route (details here). The parade steps off at 9 a.m. and goes through about 10 a.m. Nine bus lines will be detoured from 8:30 a.m. until after the parade.

  • 4-Division/Fessenden
  • 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
  • 15-Belmont/NW 23rd
  • 16-Front Ave/St Helens Rd
  • 17-Holgate/Broadway
  • 20-Burnside/Stark
  • 35-Macadam/Greeley
  • 44-Capital Hwy/Mocks Crest
  • 51-Vista

One bus line will be detoured from 6:30 a.m. until after the parade.

  • 77-Broadway/Halsey

Expect minor delays to buses on some other lines as well as MAX trains as they hold from time to time to allow the parade to pass.

Portland Tree Lighting Ceremony

Portland’s holiday tree will be lit all aglow during a ceremony that begins at 5:30 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Due to the large crowd expected at the square, the following MAX platforms will be closed from 4 p.m. until about 7 p.m., or when the crowds disperse:

  • Pioneer Square North MAX Station
  • Pioneer Square South MAX Station
  • Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th Ave Station

Riders should deboard a stop before or after to reach the square.

Buy your fare on your phone

Don’t bother searching for exact change for the bus or making a stop at the ticket vending machine. With our free TriMet Tickets mobile app, you can easily purchase and use tickets and passes instantly on your phone – anywhere, anytime. Just download the free app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores, register your debit/credit card in our secure system and you’re ready to buy, activate and go. Learn more at

Plan ahead

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan a trip, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit, for smartphones.