Plan ahead for an event-full Saturday in Portland City Center

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March for Science, Timbers match, Blazers playoff action to  make for a busy Saturday

Ride with TriMet tomorrow if you plan on attending some of the big events in Portland City Center, but head out early on what promises to be a busy Saturday. The March for Science is followed by Timbers and Trail Blazer games. Whether you’re a super-fan or a super-scientist, or both, remember to bring your signs, scarves and enthusiasm as well as some patience. Extra service buses and trains will be used as needed, but plan extra time and expect crowded MAX trains most of the day.

March for Science

Organizers of the March for Science are expecting crowds of up to 15,000 to gather at Tom McCall Waterfront Park starting at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. the crowd will March south on Naito Parkway to SW Jefferson, to  4th Avenue and back to the waterfront via Pine St.  This will cause detours for several bus lines and some delays for MAX Blue and Red Line trains as they stop at times for crowds to pass. The march should be complete by 12:30 p.m. followed by live music and entertainment until 3 p.m.

Green and Gold! Green and Gold!

As the Timbers get ready to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at 1 p.m., remember that MAX Blue and Red lines as well as three bus lines drop you right at Providence Park. We’re running extra MAX service on game days, but still expect a crowd! The Providence Park MAX station is across the street from the stadium entrance. Kings Hill/SW Salmon MAX Station will be closed from 90 minutes before the match until about 90 minutes after the match ends. Bus lines 15 and 20 serve stops adjacent to the park. Line 6 stops three blocks south of the stadium

B-L-A-Z-E-R-S

The first home Blazers playoff game against the Golden State Warriors starts at 7:30 p.m. at the MODA Center. There’s enough riding on this game, don’t let a parking challenge add to your worries. All MAX lines serve the Rose Quarter area.  Six bus lines – the 4, 6, 8, 35, 44 and 77 – serve the area and provide a convenient ride. Line 17 serves Broadway/Weidler just a couple blocks north of the arena.

Fare is fair

Whether you go to one event, or all three, make the fair move and pay your fare. Avoid needing to make two purchases – one before and one after the event – buy a day pass. It’s the same price as two 2-½ hour tickets.

Day Pass Fares
Adult:                           $5
Youth:                          $2.50
Honored Citizen:        $2.50

Don’t bother searching for exact change for the bus or making a stop at the ticket 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 trimet.org/app.

Check travel times before you go

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 on your computer or mobile device for complete transit information and to check TransitTracker for the next arrivals.

Enjoy the action, but stay safe

Don’t get so caught up in the action that you don’t cross safely. Please pay attention and stay alert when crossing MAX tracks and streets. It takes just a moment to be aware and look both ways.