Heading to the Blues Fest? Stay cool and let TriMet take you there

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Extra MAX trains and buses to run as needed on Fourth of July night

blues2-1-of-1-1024x683This year’s Waterfront Blues Festival is expected to sizzle with high temps and a star-spangled lineup, but don’t be singing the blues looking for parking; leave the driving to TriMet.

The Blues Festival runs Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, with a big fireworks show on the Fourth of July. All MAX lines serve the Portland City Center, as do several bus lines. Be sure to plan your trip before you go because bus schedules will be adjusted on the holiday.

Fourth of July holiday service

With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday, MAX lines will run on regular Saturday schedules, but buses will run on Sunday schedules. If your line does not run on Sunday, it will not be in service. Check your line at trimet.org/bus.

MAX, buses and WES Commuter Rail will run regular weekday service on Friday, July 3. Our (503) 238-RIDE Customer Service hotline, the Ticket Office and the Lost & Found will be open on Friday.

Fourth of July fireworks show

TriMet will add extra buses and MAX trains from about 9 p.m. until the end of service as needed as big crowds are expected for the fireworks. The vehicles may be crowded so be sure to plan extra time, and if you bring a big stroller or large cooler on board, you’ll likely have a longer wait as everyone heads out of downtown after the show.

Five TriMet bus lines – 4, 6, 14, 15 and 33 – will detour off of the Hawthorne Bridge from 8:15 p.m. until about 11 p.m. Buses will instead use the Burnside Bridge leading to delays. Plan extra time if riding those lines and check trimet.org/alerts before you go.

Make your phone your fare

Fares are required on all TriMet vehicles and the TriMet Tickets mobile app makes paying your fare easy and convenient. Just download the free app for your Android or iPhone and you can buy fares for you and your family anytime, anywhere. There’s no need to keep track of paper tickets; they’re stored in your phone. Learn how easy it is at trimet.org/mobiletickets.

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 trimet.org, or m.trimet.org for smartphones