Public transit

Poppe the Panther at a bus stopTo promote and encourage riding public transit, PCC offers cost-saving programs for both students and staff. TriMet tickets and passes are also available for purchase at all campus bookstores.

TriMet Reduced Fare Program

Sold by TriMet and still available.

Get access to 50% off TriMet single-use tickets and day passes, and pay only $28 for monthly passes (72% savings) by joining the TriMet Reduced Fare Program. Individuals with an annual income at or below $29,160 can qualify. Similarly, a family of four with an income of less than $60,000 will also qualify. See full details about TriMet Reduced Fare Program qualifications. You can apply at numerous sites around the Portland area, so be sure to check out the TriMet website for specific locations. You can take your qualifying information to the PCC Bookstores and they can submit the information to TriMet. You must go to the TriMet Pioneer Square location to pick up the actual Hop pass card with a photo on it. TriMet is now able to verify your eligibility remotely for a reduced-fare Hop Card.

PCC discounted TriMet passes are no longer offered due to the elimination of the student transportation fee at the March 2023 Board of Directors meeting.  Students seeking a discounted TriMet pass should utilize the TriMet Reduced Fare Program.  Students not qualifying for the TriMet Reduced Fare Program can purchase Hop passes directly from TriMet.


TriMet faculty and staff passes

All PCC faculty and staff (including casual employees) can purchase a monthly TriMet pass on a pre-tax basis. For the average employee, this would reduce the cost by approximately 31%. Individual savings will depend on your income tax bracket.

To sign up or cancel the program, complete a pre-tax payroll deduction application and submit the completed form to the Payroll Department. Applications and cancellations may be made at any time, but must be received by Payroll prior to the 15th of each month to become effective by the following month.

Note: Neither PCC nor TriMet will be responsible for any lost or stolen passes and passes will not be replaced.

Bus routes

TriMet offers a trip planner to help you find your way.

  • Sylvania: 44, 78
  • Rock Creek: 47, 52, 67
  • Cascade: 4, 44, 72, Max Yellow Line
  • Southeast: FX2, 72, Max Green Line
  • Opportunity Center at 42nd Avenue: 72, 75
  • CLIMB Center: 6, 10, 14, (Bus stop is one block north on the Hawthorne Bridge) or FX2, Street Car, Max Orange Line (SE Water/OMSI)
  • Hillsboro Center: 47, 48, 57, Max Blue Line
  • Willow Creek Opportunity Center: 52, 59, 88, Max Blue Line
  • Swan Island: 72, 85, or third party shuttle
  • Columbia County Center: Columbia County Rider
  • Newberg Center: Yamhill County Transit offers shuttle service from McMinnville to Newberg to Tigard on routes 44 & 45X.
  • Tigard Transit Center: Connects WES commuter rail to line 78.

For trip planning contact Michael Kuehn or use the TriMet trip planner

Routes from Washington to Cascade Campus

Students: you can use your TriMet Student Select Pass on C-Tran to PIR/EXPO!

Ride C-Tran or drive to the PIR/EXPO Yellow Line light rail station and then take the Yellow Line to Killingsworth. At Killingsworth, catch bus 72 to campus.