Please do not stop on train tracks and be safe crossing when day turns to night
TriMet is encouraging riders to plan ahead for eclipse-mania and plan extra time for trips in the days leading up to and following this Monday’s eclipse. With this being the first total solar eclipse to be visible in Oregon since Feb. 26, 1979, nearly one million people could be streaming into Oregon, the first U.S. state where the eclipse can be viewed and one of only 14 states with areas in the path of totality.
Heavy traffic expected
TriMet expects to see an increase of traffic – both on board as travelers take advantage of the MAX Red Line that serves Portland International Airport (predicted to see its busiest day ever on Tuesday, August 22 as eclipse visitors leave) and on the streets where our buses run and trains cross. TriMet staff is preparing to possibly adjust service if traffic leads to long delays, especially as people head south, east and west for totality. Plan ahead and plan extra time whether traveling by bus, train or car.
Riders can stay informed of delays or disruptions via trimet.org/alerts, TransitTracker, emails/texts and our digital station displays. Also our Rider Support team at 503-238-RIDE (7433) can help plan trips or help navigate delays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day.
Enjoy the eclipse but safety first
The Portland area will still experience the eclipse – about 99 percent of totality – so make sure you have your eclipse glasses with you but also remember to use caution around buses and trains. While our operators will be looking out for pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles, they need your help too:
- Whether walking or driving, don’t stop on train tracks or stand in the street to get a better view.
- Please be mindful of all vehicles, and stand back from the white bumpy tactile strip at rail stations.
- It’s going to get very dark, so please use the same caution crossing and being seen as you would at night.
- Also, if you bike to work, be extra observant of traffic downtown as visitors to Oregon may not be accustomed to bike traffic and may not be as aware of their surroundings while on the road.
This is an exciting time, and whether you plan on viewing or not, if you’re out and about we want you to be aware, be prepared and be safe as darkness descends Monday morning.