How to Ride the Bus
Step-by-step directions for using TriMet buses
TriMet buses serve much of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. Hours of operation vary, but many popular lines run about every 15 minutes during the weekday morning and evening rush hour.
- Arrive at the stop at least 5 minutes early. Wait on the sidewalk where the operator can see you.
- Be ready to board with exact change or a valid ticket, transfer receipt or pass.
- As the bus approaches, check the sign above the front window to make sure it’s the line and destination you want. Signal the operator that you wish to board.
- Stay back from the curb and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop. If you need to use a boarding ramp or lift, just ask the operator.
- Board and pay your fare. If you’re standing, move toward the back so others can board.
- Along the route, we’ll announce the next major stops and intersections. On some buses, the name of the next stop is also displayed on a reader board overhead. If you’re not familiar with the area, you can ask the operator to announce your destination.
- When you want to get off, pull the bell cord or push the plastic strip near the window to request the next stop.
- Gather all your personal items and leave through the rear exit door.
For your safety
- Never cross the street in front of a bus unless it’s stopped at a red light.
- Keep your kids close to make sure you don’t get separated.
- If you see suspicious behavior or a suspicious package, or if there is an emergency or unsafe situation on board, tell a TriMet employee or call 9-1-1. More
- During the weekday morning and evening rush hour, Frequent Service buses run about every 15 minutes.
- Call 503-238-RIDE for bus arrival information from TransitTracker™.
- Riding at night? Wear light-colored clothing and wave your cell phone, flashlight or safety strobe to alert the operator as your bus approaches.
- If you are traveling between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., you can ask the operator to stop anywhere safe along your route — not just at designated stops. Just let the operator know a block or two in advance.