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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Riding TriMet in snow and ice


TriMet bus and riders in a snowstorm

Right on cue, January has arrived in emphatic fashion. When bitter cold is joined by snow or ice TriMet provides us Essential Winter Weather Tips for Riders:


  1. If you expect snow or ice, check TriMet for service updates. TriMet provides many ways to find out about snow routes, delays and cancellations including TriMet’s web site and the old-school telephone: 503-238-RIDE (7433).
  2. Learn your snow route. Keep in mind that TriMet buses will follow their regular route as long as it’s safe to travel.
  3. When it goes from bad to awful, know that some bus lines are suspended.  In general, routes on snow-plowed streets continue to operate.
  4. Transit Tracker’s Jack Frost transformation: When snow and ice hit, Transit Tracker cannot predict arrival times accurately, so if you call you’ll hear service alerts for your bus line instead.
  5. Dress warmly! Mom had it right, wear a hat. An extra pair of socks also couldn’t hurt since you’ll likely be standing on a frozen sidewalk.


If you’re traveling from the north side of the Columbia, see C-Tran’s Snow and Ice Detours page.


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