Irish or not, don’t leave it to luck. Plan extra time to travels on Shamrock Sunday


Plan ahead for taking TriMet to or through the Shamrock Run on Sunday, March 13

ShamrockRunShamrock Sunday promises to be another big celebration this year. Whether you’re Irish or not, don’t leave it to luck: Plan extra time for your trip on TriMet to or through the event on Sunday morning, March 13.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Shamrock Run has sold out, so TriMet expects to see large crowds on bus and MAX trains as 35,000 participants and hordes of spectators make their way to Waterfront Park and the starting line. The big 15k Shamrock Challenge kicks off events at 7:40 a.m. with other runs and walks starting periodically through 9:40 a.m. Due to the events, 13 bus routes will be detoured in downtown Portland. Also, MAX trains may hold for a few minutes to allow runners and walkers through, so plan at least an extra 15 minutes if traveling through downtown before noon on Sunday.

TriMet staff and volunteers will be out and about on Sunday morning to help riders get to the festivities. Staff also will be at the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday and Saturday to assist participants with trip planning and advance fare purchases.

Go by bus

More than a dozen bus lines serve Portland City Center on Sunday, but other bus lines don’t run on Sundays so check before you go at

Thirteen bus lines cross the Shamrock Run course and will be detoured from 6:45 a.m. through as late as 11:00 a.m.:

  • Lines 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 35, 44, 54, 56 and 77
  • Line 8 riders traveling to Marquam Hill/OHSU will be shuttled to the South Waterfront for a special Sunday ride on the Portland Tram to OHSU. TriMet fare will be valid on the tram.

Go by MAX

All MAX lines run into Portland City Center. The closest stops to the Shamrock Run starting line are:

  • Blue/Red lines: Oak/SW 1st
  • Green/Orange/Yellow lines: SW 5th & Oak (southbound) and SW 6th & Pine (northbound)

Trains run every 35 minutes on certain segments of the MAX line during the early morning hours. Green Line service from Clackamas Town Center does not start until 8 a.m. Plan ahead. and check schedules or use TriMet’s online trip planner at

Transit lanes are for buses & trains — not private vehicles

With many street closures and detours in downtown Portland due to the run, TriMet also reminds drivers to use caution on the Transit Mall on 5th and 6th avenues. Please do not drive or stop in the “bus only lanes” and avoid making illegal turns and other unsafe maneuvers around our buses and trains.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

Shamrock Sunday is all about fun, but please pay attention and stay alert when crossing tracks and streets. Make sure your view isn’t obstructed and take just a moment to be aware and look both ways.

Fares required

Fares are required on all TriMet vehicles. Avoid the need to make two purchases on Sunday by buying a day pass. It’s the same price as two 2 ½-hour tickets.

Day Pass Fares
Adults:                        $5
Youth:                         $2.50
Honored citizens:        $2.50

We’ve got an app for that

There’s no need for exact change or a stop at the ticket machine or retail outlet, with the TriMet Tickets mobile app your phone is your fare. 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

Park and then ride

TriMet has several Park & Ride lots, including ones at Gateway, SE Park Ave, Sunset and Willow Creek/SW 185th Ave transit centers. Visit for locations and hours of availability.