It’s bad enough to be late, but we know it can be extra frustrating when the bus or train leaves before the scheduled time. First off: We’re sorry you missed your ride! We do our best to prevent this from happening, but there a few reasons why buses and trains might leave a minute or two early:
- To stay on schedule, bus drivers aim to arrive at timepoints (the route’s major stops, listed in the timetable) no earlier or later than the specified time.
- When you plan a trip at trimet.org, the Trip Planner uses these timepoints to estimate arrival times for the stops in between these timepoints, based on typical traffic conditions throughout the day.
- But drivers are not required to arrive or depart at those “in-between” stops at a specific time. This gives them some flexibility to safely stay on schedule over the course of their route by adjusting their pacing as needed based on current conditions.
- To avoid missing your ride, we suggest arriving at your stop a few minutes before the time shown in your Trip Itinerary. Always check TransitTracker to get a real-time arrival countdown based on the actual location of your bus or train.
- If your bus or train is regularly departing a timepoint earlier or later than the scheduled time or TransitTracker prediction, please let us know so we can follow up.