As of Friday, December 1, 2017
CAT’s new executive director, Patty Fink, has announced that the local bus service provider will move to expanded fixed route service Dec. 4, while also providing its traditional dial-a-ride service.
Columbia Area Transit buses run Monday through Friday.
Starting Monday, CAT buses will make scheduled runs to Cascade Locks, Odell (six times, up from two), and The Dalles. Service emanates in Hood River from Columbia Area Transit, 224 Wasco Loop.
“It’s part of a long-term plan, and probably by spring or summer we will move to fixed routes in Hood River itself,” Fink said. CAT has experimented with fixed route service in the city, but mostly serves the city via dial-a-ride. For any destination, dial-a-ride remains in place at 541-386-4202, but clients might need to make adjustments in light of the addition of fixed routes, according to Fink.
Also, the Hood River-to-Portland fixed route service expands to three days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Portland one-way fare is $8. The Portland runs are twice each day of service: departing CAT at 7:50 a.m., arriving back at 11:15 a.m., and departing CAT at 2:45 p.m., arriving back at 6:18 p.m.
For Parkdale, “If we see that need increase, we will work to put that in,” Fink said.
CAT offers “subscription rides” for people who request multiple ride service, scheduled ahead of time. Fink emphasized that anyone wanting single-ride should try to call a day or two ahead. Same-day dial-a-ride is still available, but the rider should expect a delay or be asked to alter their ride time or date.
In The Dalles, the service will only stop at Link Center and no longer go to the Columbia Gorge Community College campus, but CAT is coordinating with Link in The Dalles to assist people in going beyond the Link center.
NUEVAS RUTAS FIJA
Para obtener mas information sobre los servicios y paradas, visite el sitio web de CAT en catransit.org/newroutes o llame 541-386-4202.
The Portland route, while expanding service days, will also be shortened: the route is Hood River to Gateway and back: starting at CAT, 224 Wasco Loop; Greyhound, 135 Cascade Ave.; Bridgeside Restaurant in Cascade Locks; and Gateway Max in east Portland.
“We want to acknowledge this is different and people might feel a loss, but we feel like people can get around quickly from Gateway, and we will work with them to make that transition,” Fink said.
Fink said CAT riders can go online or call 541-396-4202 for assistance in planning their metro-area MAX, Tri-Met or dial-a-ride service.
Fixed Route summary
For all service, first buses are at 7 a.m. from Columbia Area Transit, 224 Wasco Loop; end times vary, see schedule at cattransit.org/newroutes.
The Dalles — Six times a day, stops at The Dalles Link Center, downtown Hood
River Greyhound stop, and Rosauers.
Cascade Locks — Six times a day, from Columbia Area Transit, 224 Wasco Loop, to Bridgeside Restaurant and back to Rosauers.
Odell — six times a day connecting CAT, Rosauers, and Mid Valley Market, with deviated service as needed to Parkdale.