Welcome to Gorge TransLink, an alliance of rural providers offering public transportation services throughout the Mid-Columbia River Gorge area and to more distant destinations, such as the metropolitan cities of Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. The Gorge TransLink alliance members are committed to providing efficient, reliable and accessible transportation services to the residents of the five county region. Use the Gorge TransLink website to find transportation options that best meet your needs. Transportation services are available to everyone - regardless of age or income.
Opportunity for Public Comment: DRAFT Sherman County Coordinated Transportation Plan 2016-2019 Update
The draft Plan Update is being prepared by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) to meet state and federal requirements for Special Transportation Fund agencies. The Plan update focuses on addressing the transportation needs of three target populations residing in Sherman County: seniors, individuals with disabilities and low income individuals. Click here to review and comment on the Plan Update's draft Strategies to Address Needs, Barriers and Gaps. The comment period is open through September 11, 2016.
The Dalles Transit Center Ribbon Cutting
It’s official! The Dalles Transit Center was dedicated at a ribbon cutting on July 7, 2016. Among the dignitaries are (L to R): Lisa Farquharson (TDACC), Joni Bramlett (ODOT Region 4) Bob Bryant (ODOT Region 4), Bob Francis (MCCOG), Dan Schwanz (formerly MCCOG, now with GOHBI), Rich Eberle (MCCOG), Steve Lawrence (Mayor, City of The Dalles), Rod Runyon (Chair, Wasco County Commission), Brent Olson (MCCOG) and Camille Terry (TDACC). Photo courtesy of ODOT.
The new The Dalles Transit Center opens!
Joni Bramlett (above), ODOT Region 4 Regional Transportation Coordinator celebrates the opening of The Dalles Transit Center, operated by MCCOG.. The federally funded Transit Center is located at 802 Chenowith Loop Road, behind the Home Depot store. The Link dial-a-ride transportation service is now operating out of the Transit Center. Greyhound bus will begin picking up and dropping off passengers there on July 5th. [Note: Greyhound will no longer stop at the downtown Federal St. building.] As is the current practice, there will be no Greyhound ticket sales at the Transit Center so riders are encouraged to buty their tickets online. In addition to its The Link bus service, MCCOG operates the region's Medicaid Transportation Brokerage. It also connects with Columbia Area Transit (CAT) for Monday - Friday service to/from Hood River and on Tuesdays/Thursdays on into Portland. For more information, call The LINK at 541-296-7595.
Columbia Gorge Express bus service set to launch May 27, 2016
The Columbia Gorge Express bus service begins May 27, 2016, with round-trip service linking the Gateway Transit Center with Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls. The service will operate Friday - Sunday through September 25 offering the public a new transportation option designed to help relieve congestion at Multnomah Falls, one of the most popular attractions in Oregon. The cost of a round-trip is $5.00. For more information, visit www.ColumbiaGorgeExpress.com.
2016 Seasonal West End Transit (WET) Bus Service into the Gorge
In addition to its Monday - Friday transit service, Skamania County's West End Transit (WET) offfers seasonal bus service on Saturdays and Sundays. Beginning Saturday, April 16 and weekends through June 12, the transit service has two runs per day betweeen Stevenson/Carson and Fishers' Landing, Vancouver, WA. From 10:15am through 4:15pm there will be a shuttle service betweeen the Stevenson Fairgrounds and the Dog Mountain trailhead - a popular hiking spot in the Columbia River Gorge especially during the spring wildflower season. People can ride the WET bus and shuttle from Fisher's Landing to the Dog Mountain Trailhead or drive to the Skamania County Fairgrounds for a Park and Ride shuttle service to the Dog Mountain trailhead. Either way, it's an easy, great way to get outdoors!
From Saturday, June 18 - September 4, the week-end (Sat/Sun) WET service continues with four runs each day from Stevenson/Carson to Fishers' Landing, Vancouver, WA with stops at popular destinations in the Gorge such as Cape Horn Trail, Beacon Rock, Bonneville Hot Springs, the Pacific Crest Trail and Skamania Lodge.
For the WET bus week-end schedule and fares, click here.
Note: Photo courtesy of Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.
I-84 Construction Throughout 2016 Will Impact Regional Travel
Lots of construction on 1-84 is scheduled between The Dalles and Troutdale this year as no less than 7 construction projects will be occurring simultaneously. Expect delays along I-84 beginning in February and running through October, except for one project that is scheduled to be copleted in May 2017. To plan your travel, visit TripCheck.com, ODOT's user-friendly, up-to-the-minute travel information. To keep abreast of the I-84 construction projects' progress, visit I84Construction.org. A handy, one-page overview of the construction projects and their timelines may be found here.