How to Ride WES
TriMet’s WES (Westside Express Service) Commuter Rail connects Wilsonville, Tualatin, Tigard and Beaverton. Trains run every 30 minutes during the weekday morning and evening rush hour.
- Unlike the bus, there are no fareboxes on WES. You must have a valid ticket, pass or bus transfer receipt before boarding WES. You can buy a ticket from the vending machine at the WES station (debit/credit cards only), or from most local grocery stores.
- Signs at the station indicate where to wait and when the next train is due. A sign on the front of each train shows where it’s going.
- Stay well behind the white bumpy tiles and wait for WES to come to a complete stop. (Careful! There’s a 4-foot drop to the tracks below.)
- The doors will open automatically and you can board the train. Use caution, as there’s a 2-inch gap at the door.
- Be prepared to show the conductor your fare. He/she may check your fare as you board, or after the train leaves the station.
- WES stops at every station, so you don’t need to signal the operator to get on or off. The station name is announced before each stop and appears on a reader board overhead.
- When you’re ready to get off, gather your stuff and exit the train.
For your safety
- Stop, look and listen before crossing the WES tracks. Trains may be running on any track, at any time, in either direction.
- Never walk or bike on or near the tracks, or ride your bike on the boarding platform.
- Railroad tracks are private property. It is illegal and dangerous to trespass. If you trespass, it may cost you up to $6,250 and a year in prison.
- Follow all traffic signs and signals that warn when a train is approaching.
- Don’t be tempted to try to beat a train. A WES train traveling at 60 miles per hour takes half a mile to stop. (That’s 9 football fields!)
- Keep your kids close to make sure you don’t get separated.
- If you see suspicious behavior or a suspicious package, or if there is an emergency or unsafe situation on board, tell a TriMet employee or call 9-1-1. More
- WES has free wireless internet access on board. Connect to either the “WES1” or “WES2” network.
- Free 24-hour parking is available for riders and carpoolers at four WES stations.
- Ticket machines at WES stations accept debit and credit cards only.
- Call 503-238-RIDE for WES arrival information from TransitTracker™.
- WES connects with CAT in Canby, Cherriots in Salem, and SMART in Wilsonville.