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Service Animals on TriMet

Please note: We recently updated our code regarding service animals to match a new definition adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice: " any dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability." However, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has not formally adopted this new definition and has asked us to delay implementation of our revised code, which was to have taken effect March 15, 2011. USDOT will consider whether in the future to adopt the U.S. Department of Justice definition. Until they adopt the new definition, we will continue to use their existing service animal definition included in TriMet's Administrative Rules for the Transport of Non-Canine Animals: " any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability "

Your service animal is welcome on TriMet. No permit is required, but you may be asked to confirm that your animal is a service animal. You are responsible for the care and supervision of your animal while on board.

Photo of rider boarding the bus with a service animalIf you are planning on bringing your service animal on a bus or train, please follow these guidelines:

  • Your animal must be on a leash or in a closed carrier, remain under your control and behave appropriately.
  • The animal must remain at your feet or on your lap. The animal may not sit on a vehicle seat.
  • The animal must not be aggressive toward people or other animals.
  • The animal must be housebroken.
  • You are responsible for any damage or soiling caused by the animal.

If you have any questions about bringing your service animal on TriMet, please call us at 503-962-2455 or email accessible@trimet.org.