Updated: 5:55pm, Sat. Sep. 26, 2020

With demonstrations underway, some MAX and bus service may be delayed or temporarily disrupted. Plan extra time and check before you go.

Why transit? Whether you ride or not, our entire community benefits from good transit. In addition to keeping people mobile, TriMet service is good for our economy and good for our environment.


We really get around.

People depend on TriMet. Each weekday, Portland-area residents take more than 316,700 trips on TriMet to jobs, shopping, services and recreation. That adds up to nearly 100 million trips per year! And 78% of those riders choose TriMet over driving.

Transit’s big here. More people ride TriMet than any other transit system our size. We’re the 24th largest U.S. metro area, but 11th in transit ridership (and 9th in ridership per capita). Convenient and affordable transit is one reason the Portland area is such a great place to live.

TriMet is a lifeline. For those of us who can’t drive due to age, income or a disability, transit is a ticket to freedom and independence. Each year, 16 million rides are taken by seniors and people with disabilities who would otherwise be stuck at home.

“I have a car, but I'd rather take TriMet.”
TriMet rider
Melvin, a happy TriMet rider
Nearly 100,000,000 trips are taken on TriMet each year
1 in 3 commuters on the Sunset/Banfield are on MAX
45% of PSU students take transit to class
78% of riders choose to take TriMet instead of driving

Our economy depends
on transit.

Transit = good jobs. TriMet service provides hundreds of permanent living-wage jobs in our community, while transit construction projects create work in technical, construction and design fields. The Portland-Milwaukie MAX project has created 10,000 local jobs, with more to come.

We put $ into the economy. Throughout the various stages of planning and building MAX Light Rail and WES Commuter Rail, TriMet has leveraged $2.33 billion in federal funds in the Portland metro area.

Freight moves more freely. Thanks in part to TriMet service, our average commute time is lower here than in other cities, and freight can move more freely throughout the region—saving more than $150 million per year.

Ticket icon 1,200 worksites offer transit passes as an employee benefit
Bus icon 45% of commuters going into Downtown Portland take transit
Dollar sign icon 1 in 4 transit trips are for shopping and recreation


Transit improves our
quality of life.

Traffic thumbnail There’s less traffic. Unfortunately, we’ll always have rush hour. But with fewer cars on the road, our commute times are shorter and congestion costs are lower than in other metro areas. As the population grows, transit will be the most efficient way to keep us all moving.

MAX thumbnail We breathe easier. The average car in the Portland area spews out more than 10,000 pounds of pollution each year. Thanks to TriMet service, our air here is cleaner. And that’s good for everyone—especially people with asthma and lung diseases.

Bike and MAX thumbnail We’re healthier. Transit improves public health (and reduces associated costs) by encouraging walking and biking as part of riders' daily routine. Just 22 minutes of daily exercise helps reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, stroke and diabetes.

“Our transportation options are part of what makes this place great.”
Andy Duyck
Chairman, Washington County Board of Commissioners
207,750 car trips are eliminated each day, thanks to TriMet
57% less carbon is emitted for each mile taken on TriMet
2½ lanes of traffic on the Sunset Hwy can be carried by MAX

Are you on board? Join us.

The Portland area is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the country, and we’re here to help keep it that way. Please join us in spreading the word about the benefits of transit in our community!

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