TriMet double-teaming extra service for Trail Blazers home playoff games


TriMet can fast break you past traffic, parking fees and hassles to playoff excitement

With the NBA Western Conference Finals moving to Portland, TriMet is your ride to cheer on the Portland Trail Blazers for their first home games in the series.

The Blazers and Golden State Warriors clash at the Moda Center for games three and four—Saturday, May 18 and Monday, May 20. Tens of thousands of excited fans will be on hand in the Rose Quarter area, so we’re doubling the amount of extra MAX service that we normally provide for ‘Dame Time’. As the games are winding down, we’ll have four extra trains ready to help the crowds get moving on their way home. We’ll do the same thing when (you need to be a Blazers Believer!) Game Six is played here on Friday, May 24. Taking transit can pivot you past traffic and parking problems, and save you parking costs, so add TriMet’s TripPlanner to your Western Conference Finals playbook.

Rolling with TriMet to root on Rip City’s run to the NBA Finals is as easy as making a breakaway layup. All MAX lines serve the Rose Quarter. The MAX Blue, Green and Red lines stop at the Rose Quarter Transit Center, and the MAX Orange/Yellow Line connects you to the Interstate/Rose Quarter Station. Both are steps from the Moda Center.

If catching a bus to watch the Blazers and Warriors works better for you, we have at least eight lines that serve the area, and five of those lines serve the Rose Quarter Transit Center on weekends.

  • Line 4-Fessenden
  • Line 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
  • Line 35-Macadam/Greeley
  • Line 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest
  • Line 77-Broadway/Halsey

Riders should expect TriMet buses, MAX trains and platforms to be crowded and bustling with conference finals excitement, so plan a little extra time and head to the games early. If you need help with your travel plans, you can go one-on-one with our Rider Support team 24 hours a day via text message at 503-238-7433 and on twitter at @trimethelp. You can also call 503-238-RIDE (7433) seven days a week between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., or use our online form.

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Park, ride and roll to the Rose Quarter

Our free Park & Rides make it simple to connect with a ride on TriMet. During major events like the Western Conference Finals , our Park & Rides closest to Portland City Center can fill up early. Check out our Park& Ride locations to learn about options that work best for you.