Ask TriMet: What Can I Take on Transit?
An actual question we get: Can I take my snake with me on the bus?
Don’t be alarmed if you’re afraid of snakes, but the answer is yes.
As with most things, the details matter. Animals on transit — snakes included —must be kept in a secure container, and they can’t disturb other passengers.
Transit connects us with our everyday lives and our communities. With more people going car-free, having the flexibility to take what we need on transit is important. But important, too, is knowing how to have those things on board.
When bringing items on transit, the Golden Rule is “respect the safety and personal space of others.” No matter the item, you need to make sure that it doesn’t block aisles, stairways or doorways. If a train car or bus is full, or if your item obstructs access or poses a safety risk, you might be asked to wait for the next vehicle to come along — or in some cases, not board at all. And as usual, please yield priority seating to seniors and people with disabilities.
With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of what you can and can’t bring on board, as well as those all-important details.
Acceptable bikes are two-wheeled devices with a single seat that are primarily pedal-powered. That means tandems, cargo bikes, tricycles and bikes with internal combustion engines are not allowed.
Recumbent bikes are welcome aboard as long as they’re about the same size as a standard bike. E-bikes with a sealed battery compartment are OK, too. Here’s more info about bikes on TriMet.
Shared e-scooter (Lime, Bird, Spin, etc.)
Segways that are not mobility devices are allowed on low-floor MAX cars. But remember: You must remain with your Segway in the designated bike areas. Non-mobility device Segways are not allowed on buses or high-floor trains (the ones with stairs).
Other things on wheels (carts, bags, luggage, strollers)
On buses and high-floor trains, strollers need to be collapsed while vehicles are moving, and children must be out of the stroller.
Feathered, furred and scaled friends
You can bring non-service animal pets on board so long as they remain in an appropriately sized and secure container (that doesn’t block the exits or aisles) and can be transported without posing a risk to other riders.
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