Winter Transit Tips

Photograph courtesy of TriMet


TriMet’s Night Stop Program TriMet’s Night Stop Program is an effort to keep customers safe during winter’s darker months.  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.

4 Essential Winter Weather Tips for Riders from TriMet:

1. Brush up on where to get service information   Conditions can change quickly. Before you leave, get the latest updates on snow routes, delays and cancellations:

Using the online trip planner  The Trip Planner assumes that regular service is in effect, so be sure to look for Service Alerts on your trip itinerary and check for alerts again before you leave.

2. Bus riders: Learn your snow route  Check your bus line’s route map to see its typical snow route

When the snow starts falling: Buses will follow their normal routes as long as the streets are safe for travel. We work with city and state road crews to help make sure bus routes get plowed first. We’ll chain buses as necessary, especially on hilly routes.

Significant snow/ice conditions: As snow or ice accumulates, some lines may be canceled due to road conditions. Others will go on snow routes to avoid parts of the route that are too dangerous to drive on.

Severe weather service plan: If the weather gets really bad, and stays bad, we’ll limit service to a select group of bus lines operating on plowed streets, so that we can serve the most riders.

Need to know

  • If there’s no traffic going by your bus stop, walk to a stop on a busy street.
  • If your bus stop is in the middle of a hill, walk to the bottom where the operator can safely stop.
  • Stand back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop. Buses can slide sideways in slippery conditions.
  • Keep in mind your bus may not pull all the way over to the curb, to avoid getting stuck.

3. Know what to expect from transittracker  During snowy/icy weather, buses and trains get so far off their normal schedule or route that TransitTracker can’t predict arrivals accurately. Instead of an arrival countdown, we’ll provide a Service Alert with details about what’s happening on that line. Learn more about how TransitTracker works

4. Dress warmly and expect delays  Road conditions affect all traffic, so buses may experience significant delays. Chained buses can’t travel more than 25 mph. They won’t be on schedule, but buses should still arrive at regular intervals. MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and Portland Streetcar will operate normally unless there is a problem with the tracks, switches or the overhead wires. To be safe, always dress warmly and expect delays.

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.

Content courtesy of TriMet

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