PDX Bus, MAX, Streetcar & WES 4+

Portland Transit arrival times


Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 248 Ratings
    • Free


PDX Bus is an award winning application that displays arrival times for public transport in Portland, Oregon.

** PDX Bus won Best in Show at the CivicApps.org awards **

This app uses the Internet to quickly access TriMet's live tracking data to display arrival times perfectly formatted for the iPhone. It allows you to bookmark frequently used stops, displays recently accessed stops, and gives details for arrivals which are en-route.

You can enter the stop "id" of the stop (as displayed at each stop or station) or you can browse the routes for the stop.

Feature includes:
- Interactive rail maps, showing the MAX, WES and Streetcar stops.
- Embedded maps, showing locations of stops, and when available, the last known position of the bus or train.
- Use GPS to locate nearby stops or rail stations.
- Browse routes and stops, show an entire route on the map.
- Links to TriMet route information.
- Displays Rider Alerts, and Detours.
- A "Nighttime visibility flasher" - a flashing screen that can be used at night so that drivers can see you. TriMet suggests holding up a cell phone to make yourself visible to bus drivers.
-Trip Planning - now you can use the same trip planning feature that is available on TriMet's web site.
- Specially formatted text to work with the iPhone 3GS VoiceOver accessibility feature to speak arrivals.
- QR code reader to read codes at bus stops and stations

Route and arrival data provided by permission of TriMet.

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Note: this free application was developed as a volunteer effort to provide a service for TriMet riders, the developer has no affiliation with TriMet, or Apple. Suggestions and feedback are welcome.

What’s New

Version 11.4.3

- Updated maps and colors.
- Minor bugs and fixes
- Fixed occasional crash when locating nearby routes.
- Fixed Siri shortcuts on the Apple Watch (would not work sometimes)
- FX: Added new icon and vehicle info for the new Frequent Express line.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

serious trimet rider ,

Has everything I need!

As a daily TriMet commuter, I rely heavily on this app. The features are easy to access once you learn your way around, and the data is completely reliable. Can’t believe the developer created this for free; it’s brilliant! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to use it for a few weeks, and have been trying to reach the developer for help. Just bought a new iPhone 11 thinking the problem was my old phone, but still can’t get the app to work. The TriMet website is horrible to use (they don’t even have an app for tracking/trip planner) and I can’t wait to be able to use this is a app again. The other available TriMet apps are disappointing, too - don’t bother!

Developer Response ,

Unfortunately it is hard to do customer support via the review process. It seems like a connectivity issue specific to your device, as I am not aware of a wider issue. I can try to look into it if you contact me with more info. Thanks!

Essika-chan ,

Best bus app!

I’ve loved this app since I first downloaded it years ago. There were some problems but they fixed them. I swear I’m always discovering a new function and everything about this app is made with the user in mind. It has all kinds of functions and safely features that enhance your bus riding experience in my book. You can look at the bus you are on and the next stops to tell you when your bus will get there. You can set up favorites and look at them in advance for you next stop. You can also set even plan out a whole trip and look at all the stops you need at once, including alternate stops so you can see what bus you want to take. Might not be as simple as google maps but it actually gives you lots of options especially if you know where you’re going and how you want to get there. Plus the safety creature of the lights are super helpful once it’s dark out especially in winter! Helped me be seen and not get run over multiple times and the bus never misses me! All around the best features. Just explore it and you’ll find something that will work for you and you’ll use this app forever!

roxadoll ,

A must-have app for regular Trimet riders

I’ve been using this app for over 10 years, and while there may be glitches from time to time (like there is with every other app I’ve ever used), it has been one of my most used and needed apps. For some reason I’m not aware of, Trimet has not developed their own app. For a city that relies so heavily on public transit this seems ridiculous to me so I very much appreciate that the developer has created and maintained this app for so long as a volunteer. I find the current Trimet website to be annoying to navigate except for looking up the standard schedules. Also, the majority of the low ratings on here either make no sense to me (the app is perfectly easy to navigate if you’re at all iPhone literate), or it’s clear people did not read the details about the app and want to complain about Trimet. To those people, take the time to read before you post an inaccurate review—this is a free service generated from Trimet’s online data and the app is not responsible for your complaints about Trimet. Kudos to the developer for doing this for so long and helping many Trimet riders.

App Privacy

The developer, Teleportaloo, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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