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Employee of the Quarter – April thru June 2018

Sunset Empire Transportation District is pleased to announce that Kathy Wiegardt has been chosen as Employee of the 2nd Quarter 2018. Kathy was hired in November 2017 as a part-time fixed route driver. In April of this year she moved to a full-time position sharing her driving duties between paratransit and fixed route. Kathy excels in her customer service skills and her kind compassionate personality shines with the paratransit passengers she helps every day. We are pleased to have Kathy as part of the SETD family. Thank-you Kathy for all you do for the district!

TCTD Seeking Transportation Advisory Committee Members

Tillamook County Transportation District (TCTD) is seeking volunteers to serve on the District’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIF) Advisory Committee.  The Committee will advise and assist the District’s Board of Directors on issues and matters related to the enhancement of local and regional public transportation services within Tillamook County

Members are appointed by the TCTD Board of Directors to serve a 3 year term and meetings are generally held on a quarterly schedule.  To be qualified to serve on the Committee, an individual must:

  • Reside or work in Tillamook County
  • Be knowledgable about the public transportation needs of residents and employees located within or traveling to and from the County
  • Represent various constituency groups within the County and be representative of the perspectives of the various demographics of Tillamook County

If you are interested in learning more information go to the Committee Job Description link.  If you are interested in participating please a Committee Application and submit a completed application to [email protected]

STIF Committee Job Description

TCTD STIF Bylaws 

Member Application

For more information about Tillamook County Transportation District please visit our website at: www.tillamookbus.com

 

Transit App

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) has announced their partnership with Swiftly.com and Trillium Solutions, and the launch of a new transportation tool by Transit Ltd. to assist riders. Beginning on June 15, 2018 passengers will be able to access real time information on all SETD fixed route buses. Utilizing the new “Transit app” and Google maps, riders will be able to access many features including tracking their next bus, access to accurate real time transit information, live maps and bus locations and real time trip planners to help users compare the travel time and price of transportation options. This new access to information is available to anyone with a smart phone, access to the internet or can be accessed by any phone. Simply text or call this phone number (971) 701-2224 enter the appropriate bus stop number (available on the SETD website or at bus stop) and you will be given the next real time arrivals for routes that serve that stop via voice or SMS message. The Real Time feature is available through the free “Transit” application and can be downloaded through Google Play or Apple ITunes store. Executive Director Jeff Hazen said “the District is very excited to bring real time information to our riders. We know it will make traveling on SETD buses much easier and more enjoyable.” SETD Transit Center staff will be available to assist riders with accessing the new service. “Transit” app specialists will be riding the buses on June 14th 15th, 21st and 28th to assist passengers in accessing the new information. For more information about how to access real-time transit go to www.ridethebus.org or call 503-861-7433 #3.

**TIME CHANGE*ENDING AT 11:55**ROUTE CHANGE**Electric Bus Demo March 5th

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) is extending an invitation to a public demonstration of what an electric powered bus is all about on Monday March 5th. “Technology is rapidly evolving with electric buses and SETD wants to make sure that we continue to look into and evaluate if electric propulsion will work for us going forward” said Executive Director Jeff Hazen. The District will be testing one of the energy efficient electric buses March 5th on their Route 101 and wants the public to be involved as much as possible. The public is invited to ride the electric bus for free from 8:00 AM until 11:50 AM.  Complete Coach Works will be providing the electric bus used in this demonstration. For more information contact Mary Parker at [email protected] or call 503-861-5370.

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.