Sunset Empire Transportation District has announced proposals for several route and schedule changes which are scheduled to begin Aug. 1.

These proposed changes include: increasing the Route 101 service between Astoria and Seaside during the peak hours in the morning and late afternoon by adding another bus; and doubling service frequency to every hour instead of every two hours.

The Columbia Connector Route will begin providing service twice a day, seven days a week to Rainier, where riders will be able to transfer to the Columbia County Rider bus for service to Longview and Kelso, Wash., St. Helens, Scappoose and Portland.

A new Warrenton/Hammond Route will begin providing service four times a day between the U.S. Highway 101 shopping areas, Warrenton downtown and the Hammond area. There will also be a small change to the Cannon Beach Route 20 schedule in the morning.

“These route changes are the result of our goals to continually improve our services and increase ridership throughout the area”, said Jeff Hazen, executive director of the transportation district.

Hazen also said that feedback received from rider and community surveys confirmed that increased service was being asked for, and needed, to meet riders’ scheduling needs, specifically on Route 101.

For information, and to view the proposed route schedules, go to www.ridethebus.org. Printed copies of the proposed route schedule changes will be on display at the Astoria Transit Center, 900 Marine Drive, the Seaside Transit Kiosk, 111 North Roosevelt and on all buses. Public input and comments concerning the proposed changes will be accepted until 5 p.m. July 22 and may be dropped off at the Astoria Transit Center, at the Seaside Transit Kiosk, mailed to 900 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR. 97103 or emailed to questions@ridethebus.org.

Public comments may also be made at the next SETD Board of Commissioners meeting at 9 a.m. July 23 at the Astoria Transit Center.

For information, contact Mary Parker, executive assistant, at 503-861-5370 or mary@ridethebus.org

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