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TriMet's Night Stop drops riders at safe spots

November 3, 2011

Riders can get closer to their destination after dark


TriMet begins its Night Stop program this weekend in an effort to keep customers safe during winter’s darker months. Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m. A courtesy stop/Night Stop allows riders to ask the operator to drop them off at a safe location along the route other than a designated bus stop to get them closer to their destination.

Night Stop guidelines

  • Let the operator know a block or two ahead of the destination, and the operator will determine if there is a safe spot for the rider to get off the bus.
  • If the bus is turning left in the same block as the requested stop, the rider may be let off the bus after the turn is made.
  • The service is available anywhere outside Portland city center and the Lloyd District between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Service is for drop-offs only; riders still need to board at designated stops.
  • TriMet operators will not make an unscheduled stop where it is not safe to do so, such as on a freeway or ramp, where there is a ditch or other hazard to exiting the bus, or where there is potential for the bus to block other traffic.

Be seen, be safe

Riders may be hard to see after dark and can take steps to increase visibility:

  • Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing.
  • Wave as the bus approaches.
  • Wave a reflector, safety strobe light, small flashlight or cell phone display light to alert the operator as the bus approaches. Some mobile devices and third-party applications have a strobe or light feature for this purpose.
  • Please, DO NOT shine lights in operators’ eyes.

The annual Be Seen Be Safe rally also takes place Friday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square.