TriMet’s guide to Starlight Parade night

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Tips to get to, through and home from the Starlight Run & Parade

starlight_parade_logoAvoid the search for parking in Downtown Portland and hop on TriMet to enjoy the 40th annual Starlight Parade on Saturday night, June 4. We will have extra service and extended MAX service for the parade, but plan ahead and bring your patience. Rose Festival parade days are typically TriMet’s busiest days of the year. And this Starlight night promises to be sizzling so stay hydrated too!

Here’s your TriMet guide to help you and your family get to, through and home from Starlight.

Getting to Starlight Run & Parade

  • 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.
  • Avoid bringing big strollers, coolers or bikes on MAX. With huge crowds expected, you may have to wait longer to find space on the trains especially after the parade.
  • Starting about 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., special 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.
  • Head to Downtown Portland early. The Starlight Run begins at 7:45 p.m. with the Starlight Parade starting immediately after at 8:30 p.m. Both will cause delays to TriMet service.
  • Nine bus lines – 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 54, 56 and 77 – intersect the parade route and will be detoured from about 6 p.m. to about midnight.
  • Bus Line 6, will be detoured during the run only, from about 7:30 p.m. to approximately 8:15 p.m.
  • Before you ride on Saturday night, plan your trip using TriMet’s online Trip Planner.
  • Don’t forget your fare. Fares are required on all TriMet vehicles.
  • Go mobile! Use the free TriMet Tickets smartphone app to buy fares for your family. No need to keep track of your tickets; they’re stored in your phone.
  • 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 throughout the night.
  • Stay hydrated. It’s expected to be a scorcher with temps nearing 100.

Getting around during Starlight night

  • Plan an extra 30 minutes to any MAX trips system wide Saturday evening during the run and parade (from about 7:30 p.m. through about 11 p.m.) as trains may stop at stations for several minutes to keep them spaced out and prevent further delays..
  • Plan an extra 15-30 minutes to bus trips on lines that run through downtown as buses also will hold for periods of time during the run and parade.
  • Check trimet.org/alerts before you go to learn about service impacts.

Getting home after the parade

  • Be patient and expect to wait at MAX stations in downtown following the parade as everyone leaves the area at the same time. During the midst of the exodus, the first several trains may arrive already full, but there will be room in later trains.
  • Go Green to the east side. Rather than waiting for the more crowded Blue or Red Line trains, catch a Green Line on 6th Avenue and transfer to a Blue or Red train at Gateway Transit Center.
  • Take the special express bus to the Lloyd District to connect with trains there. The express buses will run after the parade through about 12:30 a.m., picking up riders on SW 2nd Avenue at Taylor, Morrison, Oak and Ankeny streets before dropping off at NE 13th and Holladay.
  • Consider taking regular bus service out of downtown. Many routes connect with MAX stations. Plan your trip using TriMet’s online Trip Planner.
  • Those with big strollers, coolers or bikes will have a longer wait. With the huge crowds expected, consider traveling light on Starlight night.
  • Extra service will be added after the parade:
    • The last Blue Line train to Hillsboro leaves Pioneer Square North about 12:54 a.m., with the last train to Elmonica/SW 170th Ave leaving the Square at 1:53 a.m.
    • The last Blue Line train to Gresham leaves Pioneer Square South about 1:32 a.m.
    • The last Green Line train to Clackamas leaves Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th Ave about 12:06 a.m.
    • The last Orange Line train to Milwaukie leaves Pioneer Place/SW 5th Ave about 12:20 a.m.
    • The last MAX Red Line train to the airport leaves Pioneer Square South 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.
    • The last Yellow Line train to Expo Center leaves Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th Ave about 12:29 a.m.
  • The TriMet Tickets mobile app makes it easy to buy and use fares for your family. But now the mobile app also helps you connect with other nearby transportation options such as Lyft and car2go. Just open the app, tap the navigation drawer in the top-left corner of the screen and select “More Rides Nearby.”
  • It may take a while for the temps to cool down so stay hydrated throughout the night.

Have a fun and safe Starlight night

TriMet wants you to have a fun Starlight night, but 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. And, if you see something suspicious, say something. Alert a TriMet employee, a police officer, a Rose Festival staff member or call 9-1-1.