Go by transit to the Gorge and the Oregon Coast!


TriMet helps connect riders with the great outdoors

TriMet is teaming up with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to help you explore the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Take in the sights and scenery to the east and to the west of the Willamette Valley, by riding TriMet to one of our transit centers that connect with ODOT sponsored carriers The Columbia Gorge Express and Northwest POINT.

Gorge Express service is back and better than ever

Today, May 25, 2018, the Columbia Gorge Express launches its third year of service, and TriMet’s Gateway Transit Center is where the Gorge Express begins its service day. The Gorge Express has even more to offer:

  • More service days. Starting June 11, 2018, it will run seven days a week, year-round. Until then, it runs Fridays through Sundays.
  • Extended service with two new stops east of Multnomah Falls in Cascade Locks and Hood River.
  • A new improved schedule based on rider feedback.

Gorge Express Route/Stops

The enhanced service offers ten round trips a day between Gateway Transit Center and Multnomah Falls, and five round trips between Gateway Transit Center and Hood River. Learn more.

                           “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

                                                                                       — John Steinbeck

Riders relish Gorge Express

In 2017, 99 percent of surveyed riders said they would recommend the Columbia Gorge Express to others. That’s close to perfect on the customer service scale and TriMet is happy to be a partner in the service that’s wildly popular with those who’ve used it. ODOT recorded more than 550 rides per day in 2017, a 10 percent increase from the year before. Success like that is what led ODOT to implement this year’s dramatic service increase.       

Beach-bound instead?

If salty ocean air is what you seek, transit can also help you get to the beach and back. Ride TriMet to Portland’s Union Station or Sunset Transit Center where you can board ODOT’s Northwest POINT, offering service between Downtown Portland and the Northwest Oregon Coast. The Point serves  eight cities along the route, including Cannon Beach, Seaside and Astoria. There are two trips per day in each direction. This service connects with several other train and bus services at Portland’s Union Station. The 51-passenger buses feature:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Power outlets
  • Air conditioning
  • A restroom
  • Space for luggage and bicycles
  • Wheelchair accessibility

Best of all, this service runs 365 days a year! Learn more.

Go By Transit

At TriMet, we know our riders want better service, and more of it. That’s why we’re always working to improve the customer experience, and why we forge partnerships with other agencies such as ODOT to help make reaching the gorge and coast by transit easier.