Taking MAX to Cinco de Mayo? Plan ahead!


What you need to know as Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements alters service

Headed downtown for the 33rd annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Tom McCall Waterfront Park this weekend? Plan ahead as the Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements project has led to adjusted MAX service through Saturday, May 20th.

How to get there by MAX

MAX trains are not running on Morrison, Yamhill and 1st Avenue as we make upgrades and improvements to sections of 30-year-old track. Also, MAX Blue and Red lines that normally run on 1st Avenue are temporarily detoured to 5th and 6th avenues.

From west side:

  • Take Blue Line to Providence Park Station
  • Transfer to shuttle bus
  • Exit at SW 6th & Yamhill or SW 6th & Oak
  • Proceed less than 1/2 mile to Tom McCall Waterfront Park (Entrances on Yamhill, Morrison and Pine)

From east side:

  • Take Blue, Orange, Red or Yellow lines into Portland City Center
  • Exit at SW 5th & Oak or Pioneer Place/SW 5th Ave stations
  • Proceed about 1/3 mile to Tom McCall Waterfront Park (Entrances on Yamhill, Morrison and Pine)
  • Note: Green Line is not serving Downtown Portland. Transfer to Blue or Red lines at Gateway or to Blue, Red or Yellow lines (or to shuttle bus) at Rose Quarter.

Heading home:

  • For east side, proceed to MAX stations on SW 6th Avenue to connect with Blue, Red or Yellow Line trains. Or go to MAX stations on SW 5th Avenue for Orange Line trains heading south.
  • For west side, board shuttle bus at SW 5th & Stark (Stop ID 7636) or SW 5th & Taylor (Stop ID 7640). Then connect with trains at Providence Park Station on Yamhill Street. (Note: Both westbound and eastbound trains are operating out of the Providence Park eastbound platform at SW 17th and Yamhill.)

How to get there by bus

Dozens of TriMet bus lines serve Downtown Portland. Plan your trip at trimet.org/planner. It provides information about travel and walk times, transfers and the service adjustments during the Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements Project.

TriMet’s Rider Support team also is available to help you plan your trip by bus or train. Just call 503-238-RIDE Monday through Sunday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Half-marathon and fun run

In addition to the Fiesta, there is also a Cinco de Mayo half-marathon, 10k and 5k, which starts near OMSI around 8 a.m. The 5K heads over the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, and returns via the Burnside and Steel bridges.

MAX Blue, Orange, Red and Yellow lines, as well as some bus lines, may experience minor delays in the morning as trains stop momentarily to allow participants by. Also, bus lines 17, 35, 54 and 56 will be detoured around the route from 6:30 a.m. until about 12 p.m. Check TransitTracker and trimet.org/alerts before you ride.

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.