Validating Your Ticket

Time-stamp your ticket before boarding MAX or WES

Before you can use a ticket to ride MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail or Portland Streetcar, it needs to be “validated.” There are validators near the ticket machines at MAX and WES stations, and on board the Streetcar.

Photo of a ticket validator

All tickets purchased from a ticket machine are pre-validated, so you are free to board the train. Otherwise, insert your ticket into the validator next to the machine. It will stamp the date and expiration time on it, making it valid for immediate use.

Tickets are good for 2½ hours

A validated ticket gives you 2½ hours to board any train or bus. It’s your proof of payment, so keep the ticket until you complete your trip.

Streetcars have validators on board

There are ticket machines and validators on board the Portland Streetcar. If you already have a ticket and you begin your trip on a streetcar, stamp the ticket in the validator on board.