Welcome to Portland! Whether it was a job a relationship the food scene or wanderlust that made you pack your bags we’re glad you’re here! When looking for your new place to live good transit access should be on your checklist. One of the best things about Portland is the connectivity of the transit system TriMet. As you get settled into your new neighborhood here are transit tips for a smooth ride to get you more acquainted with the Rose City.

1.   Plan your trip(s).
Plan your trip to work to the grocery store and to your new favorite coffee shop with the online trip planner on trimet.org. Knowing your trip details helps you ease into your new routine and find the hidden gems in the city. You can plan your trip on trimet.org or if you’re used to using Google Maps give that a go.

2.   Build up your toolbox.
Just like it’s good to have a hammer and an Allen wrench for putting your new furniture together make sure you add a few transit trip tools to your

Relocation toolbox. The TriMet App Center has a variety of helpful apps available to help make riders’ transit trips easier.

3. Your new ticket to ride.
New city equals a new ticket to ride all over town with the new Hop Fastpass. Hop Fastpass™ is a better way to pay your fare on TriMet C-TRAN and Portland Streetcar.
Get a Hop card at the store from the gift card rack or Customer Service.  Load money on your card in the checkout lane or use the Hop website app or phone hotline. You’re good to go! Just remember to “tap on” every time you ride

4.  Find your home line.
Your ‘home line’ is your main route, the one that you use the most.  Ride that line to the end and see where it goes. Learn the stop IDs that are close to home or work so you can quickly find real-time arrival times when you’re on the go. Once you get familiar with that route sign up for email updates for the line(s) you ride at trimet.org. While you’re at it sign up for the TriMet Rider’s Club so you can get the latest rider news enter contests surveys and more. Rider’s Club is also a great way to learn about what’s going on in the community and how you can get there on TriMet   —  ‘cause it’s how you roll. As a Rider’s Club member you have a chance to enter a monthly drawing for a 1-Month Pass.

5.   Just ride!
No better way to get familiar with PDX than to explore various neighborhoods. With MAX Light Rail including the new MAX Orange Line to SE Portland and Milwaukie you can jump on board downtown and reach the corners of the Portland area with ease. Make sure you get a day pass so that you can transfer and ride all day long for the low cost of $5.

If you ever have questions give TriMet’s customer information center a call – 503-238-RIDE (7433). They are happy to help.

Now that you have these tried-and-true tips enjoy your new home!

TriMet – See Where it Takes You!