I ride the MAX blue and red lines several times a day, from Pioneer Square to the SW ‘burbs. Even after years of riding with Trimet, I was incognizant to obvious tips that would make my daily trips more pleasant.
For example, I have caught the red line by accident and then been completely taken by surprise when I have had to switch trains (to blue line) to go further southwest. Whoops!.
My friend, Kim, offered these kind suggestions to me:
- Take the red line to get out of the rain, heat, or cold.
- Get off at Sunset because they have benches, and you are more likely to get a seat if you transfer because of all the people that get off.
- If you get off at Washington Park, you are less likely to get a seat when getting back on the MAX, but it’s very cool underground when it’s hot outside.
I found a cool site called TriMetiquette, run by local rider Christian Bullock. Some friendly, helpful observations from Mr. Amy Vanderbilt.
If you have an iPhone, be sure to download the free app for Portland bus and train times. It has helped (and amused me) a million times over.