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Board of Commissioners – February 21st Meeting Time Change to 10:00 AM

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MEETING TIME CHANGED

ATTENTION!

Due to the prediction of possible snow and ice in the area tonight and for safer travels in the morning, Chair Kathy Kleczek has requested that the Sunset Empire Transportation Board of Commissioners Meeting that was scheduled to be held tomorrow, February 22nd at 9:00 AM be delayed an hour and start at 10:00 AM.

Thank you

 

Sunset Empire Transportation District operates its programs without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age or disability in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, ORS Chapter 659A or other applicable law. Alternative formats of this information is available upon request. Please contact Mary Parker at 503-861-5370 or [email protected]

Budget Committee Vacancies

The Sunset Empire Transportation District Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers that are registered voters and residents of Clatsop County who would like to serve on the District’s Budget Committee. The District Budget Committee is comprised of 7 District Board Members and 7 community members who are appointed by the District Board of Commissioners. Budget meetings are held up to 3 times a year in the spring and members serve a 3 year term. If interested, please send a letter of interest by email to [email protected] or letters may be mailed to or dropped off at, Sunset Empire Transportation District, 900 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103.  Budget committee applications will be accepted until February 28, 2018.

For further information please contact Executive Director Jeff Hazen by phone at 503-861-5399 or by email to  [email protected].

TCTD Implementing Route and Schedule Changes to “The Wave” Transit Services Effective January 2, 2018

 

Tillamook County Transportation District is Implementing Route and Schedule Changes to “The Wave” Transit Services Effective January 2, 2018

Tillamook County Transportation District (TCTD) is implementing route and schedule changes to The Wave services throughout Tillamook County.  All changes will be effective January 2, 2018.  TCTD General Manager Doug Pilant said, “These changes are a result of multi-year transit development planning effort that focused on strategies to increase local resident’s access to transit services while improving the overall reliability of The Wave’s bus schedules.  These service changes are the result of rider service improvement recommendations from the District’s onboard passenger survey that was conducted.”

Route 1:  Tillamook Town Loop

Tillamook Town Loop trips will begin departing the Tillamook Downtown Transit Center on-the-hour throughout the day to facilitate transfers to and from the other routes.  The last trip will continue departing the Transit Center at 6:15 PM to accommodate riders on other buses who are arriving from Portland, Lincoln City and Cannon Beach.

The Town Loop service will also be re-routed to serve the Fairview District Neighborhood via Hughey and Hummingbird Lanes to eliminate the requirement for riders to call and request route deviations.  Pilant said, “Local residents are required to call the dispatch center to schedule route deviations and by re-routing the service closer to where the riders live will eliminate the deviation requests and improving residents access to transit while improving the Route’s schedule reliability.”

Route 2:  Netarts/Oceanside

Daily trips departing the Tillamook Downtown Transit Center will be spaced about 2-hours apart throughout the day to improve rider’s ability to transfer to and from routes between Tillamook, Portland, Lincoln City and Cannon Beach.

Route 3:  Manzanita/Cannon Beach

The North County service in City of Nehalem will be re-routed to provide direct service to the North Coast Recreation District.  Pilant said, “There are frequent route deviation requests from passengers wanting to attend programs at the recreation District. This will eliminate deviation requests and improve schedule reliability.

The number of round trips between Tillamook and Cannon Beach will increase from 2 to 4 trips per day where the schedules are being coordinated with the Sunset Empire Transportation District’s “The Bus” service.  Pilant said, “Early in the District’s local transit planning process the need for Tillamook County residents to travel to the North Coast Housing Authority, the Social Security Office and other medical facilities in Clatsop County was identified.”  Pilant said a trip is being scheduled later in the evening to allow riders adequate travel time to conduct their business and return to Tillamook County on the same day.

Route 4:  Neskowin/Lincoln City

The South County services Pacific City bus stop timepoint is being eliminated and moved to the Kiawanda Community Center.  Additional time was added to the Route 4 schedule to improve rider’s ability to transfer to and from Lincoln County Transit buses going to Newport or the Coastal Connector buses going to Salem.

Route 5:  Portland

TCTD is adding an additional 5-minutes to the schedule between the 3rd Street Park and Ride and the Tillamook Downtown Transit Center to provide additional passenger loading time to improve the Portland Route 5’s schedule.  The District is also expanding driver layover times in Portland to improve the interline connections with both Amtrak and Greyhound.

Riders can access route and schedule information online at nwconnector.org or by calling the The Wave Customer Service at 503-815-8283.  Riders can also find real time route and schedule information on smartphones by downloading a Swiftly app.

 

TCTD Hires Operations Superintendent

TCTD has concluded the Operations Superintendent recruitment process and is pleased to announce that Brent Olson, from Mid-Columbia Council of Governments has been selected.  Brent is scheduled to report for duty on January 2, 2018.

Brent has more than 16 years transportation experience as a route planner, driver trainer, and fleet maintenance manager. For the past 7 years Brent has managed the transit services for Wasco County and a brokerage that coordinates non-emergency medical transportation services for 14 Counties in Eastern Oregon.  The Wasco County transit services include dial-a-ride services in The Dalles, local fixed route services within Wasco County as well as to Hood River, and medical transportation services to Portland.

In addition, Brent’s transit experience, he has extensive knowledge in automated computer scheduling and dispatching software.  Since 2014, Brent has overseen the implementation of two Ecolane scheduling and dispatching software startups in Hood River and The Dalles.  Therefore, Brent will be assigned the task of being the team leader to implement the District’s new computer aided scheduling and software application in early 2018.

While managing the “Go Live” of the new software, Brent will be working side-by-side with Ronny Fox until Ronny’s retirement in March.  During this time Ronny will assist Brent in becoming familiar with the transit operations, the facility and fleet maintenance cycles and internal management policies and procedures.

Route 20 and Pacific Connector Route Changes

Sunset Empire Transportation District has announced that additional service is being added to the Route 20 and the Pacific Connector Bus Routes starting January 2, 2018. Both routes serve South Clatsop County and connect with the Tillamook County Transit bus in Cannon Beach or Manzanita.  Executive Director Hazen reports that “Tillamook County Transit will now be meeting our buses 4 times a day in Cannon Beach, which allows not only an increase in service to and from Tillamook County but also allows Sunset Empire Transportation District to adjust our schedule times and add another loop to our Route 20 service during the week and 2 loops to our Pacific Connector Route on weekends.”  The increased service will begin on January 2, 2018. New route schedules will be posted in shelters, located here: Route 20 1-2-18  Pacific 1-2-18 ,  or copies will be available at the Astoria Transit Center or the Seaside Kiosk after December 20th. For more information or alternative formats contact Mary Parker at [email protected] or call 503-861-5370.