TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. We connect people with their community, while easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution—making the Portland area a better place to live. More
TriMet in the News
“Portland, Ore., has been ahead of the innovation curve for a long time. The city created a Bicycle Plan in 1973; turned a freeway into a riverfront park in 1978 and built a light rail (instead of a new highway) in 1986."
“With top-notch parks and transportation systems within easy walking distance, the city is an inaugural member of AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities."
“The City of Portland is a regional leader for greenhouse gas reduction and climate change mitigation. With support from 20 agency partners, Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan is a strategy to put the city on a path to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels."
“The [Downtown Portland Transit Mall revitalization] project successfully improved the region's transit core and enhanced vitality along the entire length of 5th and 6th Avenues..."
“Even as Portland has become a more popular destination for travelers, the records show, spending at local auto rental services has dropped... Portland's tourism boom is being driven in part by people who don't expect to use a car at all while they're here..."
“We're seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest as young professionals and retirees are drawn to amenities, including public transit..."
“On the mobility front, they have a fantastic set of clean, accessible public-transit options, particularly within the city."
“The city's free zone came to a screeching halt in September but getting around is still affordable. A one-day pass costs $US5 for adults and $US2 for seniors ($US3.30 for kids), allowing unlimited travel on the buses, streetcar and MAX light rail, even to and from the airport."
“Take advantage of the No. 1-rated public transit..."
“Try leaving your car behind when visiting Portland; its efficient and low-cost public transportation system, TriMet, is a daily parade of independent fashion..."
“... [Portland is] considered one of the most influential voices—if not the model—for American transit.”
“Portland is an eclectic city, filled with artists and activists and one of the best public transportation systems in the US. ”
“[The Portland Transit Mall] is a great expenditure of public money and so far ahead of what anyone else is doing. It’s another example of Portland continuing to stay ahead. They were unafraid of taking out what didn’t work and fixing it, which is difficult to do in cities... The Portland Mall represents the region’s commitment to civic space, vital urban centers and sustainable transportation.”
“The best way to get around Portland is public transportation... This city is known for having one of the easiest and most tourist-friendly public transportation systems in the country, with extensive routes from TriMet buses and light-rail trains.”
“Portland, Oregon, is more hospitable to residents without cars than many other major US cities.”
“Thanks to a commitment to transit-oriented development, environmental stewardship, and infrastructure investments, the second-largest city in the Pacific Northwest has developed an expansive, popular public transportation system.”
“Portland is widely considered one of the nation’s leaders in public transit.”
“Portland excels at alternative options. The TriMet buses link seamlessly with 52 miles of light rail and the nation’s first new streetcar line in a half-century.”
“In Portland, open data makes it easier to get around … thanks to the TriMet transportation system, a new leader in data sharing.”
“Portland’s success helps to fuel a renaissance of electric streetcars on tracks in cities across the USA.”
“You can take Portland's light rail and bus system, which is easy, fast and whisks you in every direction from downtown to major attractions."
“It’s no hassle getting around this town, whether by bike or on the nation’s fourth-largest light-rail system.”
“A system of trains, streetcars, buses, and aerial trams give the city one of the most diverse transportation portfolios in the world.”
“Portland, Oregon is routinely ranked among the best transit cities in the country. The accolades certainly are deserved. Commuters are swept quickly and comfortably from almost anywhere to almost anywhere on a system that is reliable, convenient and bicycle friendly. It should be a model for other cities."
“Portland proper boasts one of the most progressive mass transit systems in the country...”
“ Portland’s way ahead of the curve. They are the example of a livable community … and we want to replicate that in other communities around the country.”
“Portland’s commitment to public transportation and its visionary streetcar system has made it one of the most livable, sustainable and economically vibrant cities in America.”
“City-planners in Portland have been thinking green since the 70s, when the rest of the country was still embracing the strip mall.”
“… A quarter of the workforce commutes by bike, carpool or public transportation.”
“Portland is a hub for the car-free and carefree. … Portland has been a poster child for progressive urban planning for decades.”
“The City of Roses’ approach to urban planning and outdoor spaces has often earned it a spot on lists of the greenest places to live.”
“Portland has an excellent public transportation system.”
“[Portland has] undoubtedly one of the most integrated and dynamic public transport provisions anywhere in the world. … What’s really clear, is the extent to which transport is the absolute bedrock of community development.”
“Portland, well known as an urban-design innovator, particularly for its transit oriented developments, is leading the way again.”
— USA Today, July 27, 2006 PDF
“Another particular strength is a transportation system that boasts clean and convenient public transit and excellent special access services.”
“Over $1.6 billion went into developing the MAX, mostly from local and federal governments. The handsome payoff includes Portland’s perpetual reputation as among Americas nicest places to live, and some $4 billion-worth of development near the stations.”
“Most of Portland’s downtown hotels are within a few blocks of MAX or the streetcar.”
“TriMet, Portland’s transit authority, is a technological leader in public transportation.”