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Take a free TriMet ride this New Year’s Eve

The public transit agency partnered with the Oregon Department of Transportation to help Portland party-goers get home safely.

A light rail train passes beneath a marquee sign that reads "onward Rose City" on a rainy night.

Riders boarded MAX trains 393,780 times in November of 2022.

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Going out on New Year’s Eve? Whether you’re excited to enter a bright and shiny new year, or you’re ready to enthusiastically kiss 2022 goodbye, you’ll need a plan for getting to and from your destination. You could hail a cab or wait for a Lyft driver to show up… or you could take a free ride on public transit.

TriMet and the Oregon Department of Transportation are teaming up to offer free rides starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. Portland party-goers can take advantage of the fare-free option by hopping on any TriMet bus, MAX train, or Portland Streetcar.

Go by MAX

Most MAX lines will run on regular schedules until at least 2 a.m.

  • The last MAX Blue Line trip to Gresham leaves Pioneer Square South at 2:23 a.m., and the last trip to Hillsboro leaves Pioneer Square North at 2:47 a.m.
  • The last MAX Green Line trip to Clackamas Town Center leaves from Pioneer Courthouse/SW Sixth Ave. at 2:18 a.m., and the last trip from Clackamas Town Center to Gateway Transit Center leaves at 3:12 a.m.
  • The last MAX Orange Line trip to SE Park Ave. leaves Pioneer Place/SW Fifth Ave. MAX Station at 2:02 a.m., and the last trip from SE Park Ave. leaves at 2:52 a.m.
  • The last MAX Red Line trip to Portland International Airport leaves Pioneer Square South at 12:42 a.m., and the last trip from PDX leaves at 1:56 a.m.
  • The last MAX Yellow Line trip to Expo Center leaves Pioneer Courthouse/SW Sixth Ave. at 2:27 a.m., and the last trip from Expo Center to Interstate Rose Quarter leaves at 3:05 a.m.

Go by bus or streetcar

Portland Streetcar routes and all TriMet buses will follow regular Saturday schedules and will not offer extended hours. Riders who will be out past midnight are encouraged to take a MAX train.

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