Tips to get to, through and home from the Starlight Run & Parade
TriMet wants you have a Bloomin’ – or Sparklin’ – Good Time as the Starlight Parade lights up the night this Saturday night, May 30. Rose Festival parades typically lead to TriMet’s busiest days of the year, with some 271,000 trips provided on Starlight day last year – that was 30 percent more than on a typical Saturday with MAX ridership up 50 percent! TriMet staff and volunteers from throughout the agency will be out and about to help you and your family get to, through and home from Starlight.
Taking TriMet on Starlight Run and Parade night
Plan ahead and plan extra time
- Plan an extra 30 minutes to any MAX trips Saturday evening as trains systemwide may stop at stations for several minutes as trains will be held momentarily at times in the Portland City Center during the run and parade.
- Plan an extra 15-30 minutes to bus trips on lines that run through downtown as buses will also hold for periods of time during the run and parade. Check your bus route or visit trimet.org/alerts before you go.
- Twenty bus lines and all MAX lines serve the Portland City Center to get you to the parade. 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.
- Head to the parade early as the Starlight Run begins at 7:45 p.m. and will cause some delays.
- After the parade, expect long lines and waits as everyone leaves downtown at the same time. Trains and buses will continue to roll until the crowds disperse.
Know before you go
- One bus line, the Line 15, will be detoured during the run and the parade, from about 6:00 p.m. through about 12:00 a.m.
- A second bus line, the Line 6, will be detoured during the run only, from about 7:30 p.m. through approximately 8:15 p.m.
- Eight other bus lines – 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 54, 56 and 77 – intersect the parade route and will be detoured from about 6:00 p.m. through about 12 a.m.
- Before you ride on Saturday night, plan your trip using TriMet’s online Trip Planner.
Extra service planned to/from Portland City Center
- Extra MAX trains will run as needed before and after the parade.
- Extra trains will be running later than regular on the MAX Green and Yellow lines. The last Green Line train of the night leaves Pioneer Courthouse/6th Ave about 12:15 a.m. The last Yellow Line leaves Pioneer Courthouse about 12:40 a.m.
- Starting about 5:30 p.m. 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. The Express buses are a great option for avoiding crowded MAX trains after the parade.
- The last MAX Red Line train to the airport leaves Pioneer Square about 10:40 p.m. Extra service buses will run from Gateway Transit Center to Portland International Airport until 12:30 a.m., dropping off at other Red Line stations in between as needed.
- Expect waits at MAX stations in downtown following the parade as everyone leaves the area at the same time. During the midst of the exodus, trains may arrive already full, but be patient as crowds will be less in later trains.
Bring some patience but leave big strollers at home
- Bring some patience. During the midst of the exodus, trains may arrive already full. There will be room in later trains and trains.
- To leave downtown, consider taking 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.
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 ½-hour tickets. TriMet staff will be at several MAX and bus stops to provide help and sell tickets.
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.