Plan ahead as Portland Marathon to affect TriMet service Sunday


No driving or parking in the transit-only lanes on 5th and 6th avenues

portland-marathon-logoThe Portland Marathon, rated as one of the premier marathons in the U.S., takes to the streets of Portland Sunday. Those riding TriMet on Sunday should plan ahead and expect some delays as the marathon and half-marathon events cross MAX tracks and TriMet bus routes.

14 bus lines detoured

In advance of and during the marathon events, the following 14 bus lines will be detoured: 4, 6, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 35, 44, 54, 56, 72 and 77. Shuttle buses will serve stops on lines 15 and 77 between Montgomery Park, Yeon & 44th and Quimby & 22nd. Learn more at

Other bus lines will experience occasional delays as buses stop for runners to pass by. Plan some extra time when riding Sunday, especially if traveling through Portland City Center, and check TriMet’s TransitTracker.

MAX delays

The marathon events step off from SW 4th and Taylor at 7 a.m. MAX trains will hold at several locations at times to allow runners to cross the tracks. This will lead to some delays especially in the early stages as runners are bunched together. Plan ahead and expect up to 30-minute delays on all MAX lines between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and up to 15-minute delays through about 4 p.m.

No driving or parking on the Transit Mall

For safety, transit-only lanes on the Downtown Transit Mall on 5th and 6th avenues are for buses and trains only. Those heading to the marathon, should not drive, stop or park in the lanes.  In the past, we’ve had a number of autos stopping in the lanes and on MAX tracks to drop off run participants. Blocking transit-only lanes is unsafe and illegal.

See something. Say something.

Whether riding TriMet, attending the Portland marathon or enjoying another community event, we remind you to be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. If you see something suspicious or alarming, say something. Call 9-1-1 or if you are on a TriMet vehicle, let the operator know.

Plan ahead

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan a trip, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit