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Traveling with Kids

If you’re bringing children with you on the bus or train, here are some helpful tips and safety reminders.

We’re here to help

Call 503-238-RIDE (7433) or email if you have questions, concerns or suggestions about traveling with children.

Kid-friendly fares

  • Children under 7 ride free with a paying passenger.
  • Reduced fares are available to kids ages 7–17. More

For your safety

Both parents and kids should keep safety in mind around buses and trains.

  • Adults and children who are at least 5 years old are required to wear a face covering on transit and at stations where physical distancing can’t be maintained.
  • Keep your kids close to make sure you don’t get separated.
  • Never cross the street in front of a TriMet bus, unless it’s stopped at a traffic light, and be sure to look both ways when walking past the front of the bus to cross another lane of traffic.
  • Be sure to cross train tracks only at designated pedestrian crossings. MAX, WES and streetcars are actually very quiet, so please remove headphones and listen carefully. Be sure to look both ways before crossing the tracks.
  • Hold onto children upon entering and exiting trains.
  • Don’t run or play at the train station or near train tracks. Stay well behind the white bumpy tiles until the train comes to a complete stop.
  • A good safety rule for kids is: If you have to run to catch the train, that’s not your train. Be patient… The next one will be arriving shortly.

Bringing a stroller

You’re welcome to bring a stroller on TriMet. Keep in mind there may not always be room on board.

  • We recommend using a folding “umbrella” style stroller. Large and double-wide strollers are not practical for use on TriMet.
  • You can board the bus with your child in the stroller, and your baby or toddler may remain in the stroller if there is space in the priority seating area.
  • When boarding the bus, you can ask the operator to deploy the lift or ramp if needed.
  • The stroller should be positioned so that the child faces the rear of the bus and any applicable wheel locks must be secured.
  • Make sure your stroller is not creating an obstacle for other riders. You must keep your stroller with you and it can't block the aisle, stairs or doorway.
  • Always yield the priority seating area to seniors and people with disabilities.

Take TriMet to family fun

Looking for something fun to do? There are dozens of family-friendly destinations you can discover using buses, MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and Portland Streetcar.

Traveling with a large group?

If you’re bringing a large group on board (15 or more), be sure to contact us to schedule your trip at least two weeks in advance. Your group can also receive a discounted “Class Pass” fare.


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