Filming and Photography on TriMet

We will consider requests to film and/or photograph on TriMet property that is open to the public, including buses, MAX Light Rail and WES Commuter Rail. However, some activities require prior notice, a permit and insurance.

Do I need a permit?

Contact us

Phone: 503-962-2157

For filming/photography requests on Portland Streetcar please contact Connie LaValley at or 503-222-4200.

No permit required

A permit is not required for non-commercial, personal-use filming or photography by the general public that does not interfere with transit operations or safety.

Permit required

If you wish to film or photograph on TriMet property or vehicles while engaged in a commercial, educational or non-profit activity, a signed permit and acceptable insurance certificates are required. Submit your permit application (see below) at least 14 business days prior to your proposed first shoot. A $50 application fee and $200 non-refundable deposit are required. Additional fees may apply.

News media

We ask that you provide TriMet’s Communications Team advance notice before filming. Media personnel are allowed to ride for free, but may not interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle or board a vehicle at capacity. You must contact us to arrange an interview with an operator.

Read the TriMet Filming and Photography Guidelines

View the price sheet for filming and photography on TriMet

Permit and insurance forms

Application for Film/Photo Permit

Film/Photo Permit Insurance Requirements

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