Transit Touring in NW Oregon

These pages are a personal project. I hope to describe a number of Transit Tours one can take in the Portland / NW Oregon region. The tours may all originate and terminate in Portland, with natural tie-ins to any of the towns on a given Tour. In their simplified form, the 'Tour' information would easily fit on a half page Card that could be handed out, printed, or viewed online.

The goal is also to produce a simple map of the regional 'system', like Harry Beck's London Underground map/design unified a jumble of different transit operators.

Is this a category of travel guides, self-guided Transit Tours? Is 'Transit Touring' potentially a real thing? It is for me! -- John Miller, Portland, Oregon

Tag lines: Go Car Free! Note on Carbon footprint.

Transit Touring Projects

DRAFT After I gather several Tours, I'll settle on a common layout for the Transit Touring web pages, and make them all conform. Of course each tour will have suggested variations, and suggested things to do or see, and places to eat / shop. Each with a Map. Each added to regional map.

These Tours are possible by transferring out of Trimet:

  • Yamhill Wine Country [YAMHILL]
  • Columbia Gorge Express [EXTERNAL LINK]
  • Columbia West of Portland (See NW CONNECT OR below)
  • Oregon Coast (See NW CONNECT OR below)
  • Astoria (only)
  • Estacada
  • Sandy
  • Mt Hood
  • Mollala
  • Vancouver
  • Washington County
  • ?


Jackpot! The nwCONNECTor is an alliance of (5) transit agencies across NW Oregon, that connect and coordinate to meet your transportation needs.

  • Check out their interactive route browser (Trip Ideas!) here: [LINK]
  • They list all of their Connections here: [LINK]
  • Check out their interactive trip planner here: [LINK]

Astoria and North Coast via NW Point (Amtrak)

One can also go to Astoria via 'NW Point', associated with Amtrak. The bus goes out HWY 26 to Canon Beach, and north to Seaside, Garabaldi, Warrenton, and Astoria TC. [NW Point] From Astoria, there is 50 cent bus over to Ilwaco, across the Astoria bridge!

Portland Metropolitan Area Transit Service Coverage Map

DRAFT To be determined: How integrated and synchronized are these systems? A while ago, I determined that it was hardly feasible to take public transit all the way to Mt Hood, because you'd have zero time to spend at Timberline before having to head back to Sandy to get the last bus back to Troutdale/Gresham.

Portland Metropolitan Area Transit Service Coverage Map

About the Space Time Diagrams

DRAFT Here we will present and explain a simple Tour diagram.. ie how to read and use. It could be that a given tour may have only one possible tour, but most will allow tourists to de-board at points along the tour, re-boarding to continue the tour.

Cropped Space-Time Diagram

(This fall/winter, as an experiment, I will computer-generate a diagram so that the times are all lined up... i.e., each minute of the day will have a time ordinate so that a time bubble (eg 12:45) can be placed in Time, under the Place it belongs to. I don't know if anyone has done a diagram like this before.. Probably. Need to research.)


Human Transit Blog, Aug 8, 2019: Linking US Small Cities and Towns: Time for State Leadership [LINK]

Portland Metropolitan Area Transit Service Coverage Map [LINK]