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More TriMet buses, trains in service during jam-packed Saturday night in downtown Portland

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected downtown for the Starlight Parade and Timbers home opener.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Are you ready for a jam-packed Saturday night in downtown Portland?

Hundreds of thousands of people will make their way to the area to attend the annual Starlight Parade and Starlight Run, event organizers say. At the same time, the Portland Timbers will play in their long-awaited home opener in front of 25,000 fans at the newly renovated Providence Park.

Saturday night in downtown Portland

  • 7 p.m. – Starlight Run begins on Naito Parkway near Southwest Morrison Street | Course map
  • 7:30 p.m. – Portland Timbers vs. LAFC at Providence Park | Driving directions
  • 8:30 p.m. – Starlight Parade begins at Northwest Burnside Street and 9th Avenue | Parade route map

TriMet is ramping up service though the evening to help people get downtown.

In addition to its 20 bus lines and MAX train lines serving the downtown area, TriMet is adding up to eight MAX trains and an express bus service from the Lloyd Center mall in Northeast Portland. Buses will loop between the Lloyd Center MAX station at Northeast 11th Avenue and Southwest 2nd Avenue.

The parade route closes at 6 p.m. except Burnside Street, which closes at 7 p.m.

The express buses will run from about 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and after the parade ends through about 12:30 a.m.

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Credit: TriMet
The 2019 Rose Festival parade routes.

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TriMet says MAX riders should plan for their ride downtown to take an extra 30 minutes and bus riders should expect their ride to take an extra 15-30 minutes. Some bus routes that intersect with the parade route will be detoured.

If you're heading to Providence Park, the MAX Blue and Red lines can take you right to the stadium and four bus lines have stops nearby.

All-day fare on TriMet transit costs $5.

Credit: TriMet
TriMet service to Providence Park.

KGW Archive: 2000 Starlight Parade