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TCTD Publishes RFP for Updated Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan

(September 3) The Tillamook County Transportation District has published a Request for Proposals to update their Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan, in coordination with all applicable state and federal laws.

To view the RFP, please visit https://www.nworegontransit.org/requests-for-proposals-tctd/

Submittals must be received by the District no later than 5:00pm on October 8, 2021.

Questions concerning this RFP will be responded to collectively and made available for all interested applicants via the TCTD website. All inquires shall be made by email and must be submitted no later than 5:00pm on September 20, 2021 to: Doug Pilant, General Manager: [email protected] Responses will be posted on the TCTD website no later than September 27, 2021. Interested applicants must view TCTD’s RFP webpage at https://www.nworegontransit.org/requests-for-proposals-tctd/ so that they are notified of any addenda to the RFP, or for responses to questions received. No other notice of addenda or responses will be provided.

Labor Day Service/Día del Trabajo

Sunset Empire Transportation District will be operating the new regular routes on Labor Day, September 6th.  The Astoria Transit Center and the Seaside Transit Office will be closed.

Sunset Empire Transportation District operará las nuevas rutas regulares el Día del Trabajo, el 6 de septiembre.  El Centro de Tránsito de Astoria y la Oficina de Tránsito de Seaside estarán cerrados.

Schedule changes/Cambios de horaio

Sunset Empire Transportation has released new schedules to be implemented on September 6th, 2021.  This reduction is service is due to the shortage of drivers that we, along with transit agencies across the nation, are experiencing. The following routes have been suspended; Route 13, Route 17, Route 21, and the Seaside Streetcar.

Sunset Empire Transportation ha publicado nuevos horarios que se implementarán el 6 de septiembre de 2021.  Esta reducción en el servicio se debe a la escasez de conductores que nosotros, junto con las agencias de tránsito de todo el país, estamos experimentando. Las siguientes rutas han sido suspendidas; Ruta 13, Ruta 17, Ruta 21 y el tranvía Seaside.

Route 10

Route 15

Route 16

Route 20

Route 101

New WAVE Routes Announced

Tillamook County Transportation District has released a revised service plan to be implemented September 1st, 2021. The new plan will allow the district to meet its mission of connecting the community through sustainable transit solutions while adjusting services to become more efficient to meet the various challenges the current job climate and COVID impacts will have on bus operations, while working in an expansion of Dial-a-Ride services. New route times across the district are now available on the TCTD website or on their Facebook page. For questions regarding new route times or to book a Dial-a-Ride trip, please call 503-842-8283.

Service Cuts

Executive Director Jeff Hazen regrets to announce that due to the severe driver shortage SETD is experiencing, he will be making a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners that will make  significant cuts to public transportation services that the District provides.  The driver shortages are not unique to SETD, this shortage is affecting transportation providers in all sectors across the nation.

The following routes will be proposed for suspension effective September 6, 2021:

Route 17 Cannon Beach weekdays

Route 21 Cannon Beach weekends

Route 13 Astoria weekends

Route 16 Warrenton weekends

Seaside Streetcar weekends

Route 15 Warrenton weekdays will only operate during the morning from 5:50am – 9:03 am and evening 5:30pm – 8:43 pm

Route 101 will be cut from four buses per day to two with frequency approximately one hour

In addition, each route will be shut down for an hour during each shift for the driver’s lunch break.

Employers are encouraged to contact our Transportation Options Specialist, Kathy Kleczek at 503-861-5360 or via email at [email protected] to assist with alternatives for their employees.

This recommendation will be made at the August 26th Board meeting held at 9:00am on Zoom.  If you would like to provide written public comment, please email it to Jeff Hazen at [email protected] by 3:00pm on Thursday August 19th.  If you would like to provide comments at the Board meeting, please email Jeff Hazen by 5:00pm

 on August 25th to be placed on the public comment list and receive instructions on how to access the meeting.  Public comments made at the meeting are limited to three minutes per person.

For more information contact Jeff Hazen at 503-861-5399 or [email protected].

Driver Shortage Results in Service Reduction – Route 101

Due to a shortage of bus drivers, Sunset Empire Transportation District is reducing service on Route 101 between Astoria and Seaside. Effectively immediately, and for an indefinite period, a bus will leave the Astoria Transit Center for Seaside each hour and forth-five minutes from 6:00 AM until 8:00 PM each weekday. The last bus will return from Seaside to the Transit Center at 9:29 PM each day.

We are making every effort to restore this service to its previous level as soon as possible.

COVID 19 Service Interruptions

The Tillamook County Transportation District will be experiencing service interruptions over the coming days, the extent of which is not currently known. Frequent updates will be posted on the District’s website (www.tillamookbus.com).

A cluster of employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The District has activated it’s COVID-19 emergency response protocols and has performed contact tracing amongst staff members to determine who may have been exposed. Because of this, a number of personnel are currently in quarantine. Anticipated impacts to each of the District’s services are outlined below.

The WAVE Bus Services: The District is shifting all available drivers to The WAVE fixed route bus services, in an effort to provide the maximum service to as much of the county as possible. At this time, there are no anticipated impacts to bus routes, but riders should check the website at www.TillamookBus.com, or the Transit App, to ensure their bus is still operating on schedule. The PC Shuttle will be operating on a reduced schedule.

Dial-A-Ride Services: The District is doing everything possible to ensure rides for necessary medical appointments can be maintained. Essential lifeline services, such as rides to Dialysis or wound care appointments, can be called for and scheduled beginning Monday, August 23. Rides for all other purposes will be unable to be called for or scheduled until at least Monday, August 23. Customers with nonessential Dial-A-Ride trips scheduled beginning August 23 will likely be contacted to cancel or reschedule their trips.

NW Rides Services: Members of the Columbia-Pacific CCO who have NW Rides services scheduled in the upcoming weeks will be contacted directly if their rides need to be rescheduled or cancelled. This will predominantly apply to rides originating in Tillamook County. Rides for all NW Rides clients are still able to be scheduled at this time, as dispatch services have transitioned to partner agencies.

“The safety of our employees and our riders is our top priority,” says Doug Pilant, General Manager for the District. “We have consulted with the health department and been following the CDC and FTA guidelines on our buses and on all District property. Unfortunately, the new strain of COVID-19 appears to more easily transmit between people. We are following the District’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Protocols and will be closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of the public, while continuing to provide as many services as possible to community members in a safe, efficient manner.”

All vehicles are being sanitized according to COVID-19 protocols, and social distancing measures are still in place. Masks are required to be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, on all public transit vehicles and in all transit centers per the FTA.

For the latest updates and service alerts, please visit the District website at www.TillamookBus.com. Please do not call into the District unless necessary, as resources to answer calls are extremely limited.

Exploring Transit: Come Ride with Us!

Do you love to drive, enjoy people, have great customer service, are detail-oriented, and want to be part of a fun, hardworking team of co-workers? Sunset Empire is the place for you!  If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career as a bus driver this informative video will encourage you to come drive with us as we serve our great community with transportation services. You will hear from current bus drivers as well as a message from our Executive Director Jeff Hazen as we describe what it’s like to come work here at Sunset Empire.

You can apply for a job with us in less than 5 minutes on our website at www.ridethebus.org, State of Oregon Job Seekers website or through INDEED.

If you need further assistance, please call Sue at 503-861-5362 or email at [email protected]

¿Te encanta conducir, disfrutar de la gente, tener un excelente servicio al cliente, estar orientado a los detalles y quieres ser parte de un equipo de compañeros de trabajo divertido y trabajador? ¡Sunset Empire es el lugar para ti! Si está buscando una carrera desafiante y gratificante como conductor de autobús, este video informativo lo alentará a que conduzca con nosotros mientras servimos a nuestra gran comunidad con servicios de transporte. Escuchará a los conductores de autobuses actuales, así como un mensaje de nuestro Director Ejecutivo, Jeff Hazen, mientras describimos cómo es venir a trabajar aquí en Sunset Empire.

Puede solicitar un trabajo con nosotros en menos de 5 minutos en nuestro sitio web en www.ridethebus.org, el sitio web de solicitantes de empleo del estado de Oregon oa través de INDEED.

Si necesita más ayuda, llame a Sue al 503-861-5362 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]

Board Member Vacancy

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) is accepting applications to fill one open position on its Board of Commissioners.
The appointee will serve the remainder of an open term of Position 6 until term expiration June 30th, 2023.
The Sunset Empire Transportation District Board of Commissioners is comprised of 7 board members. Each member is elected by the registered voters of the district to serve a 4-year term. Applicants for the vacant position must be registered voters who reside within the district’s boundaries.
Interested candidates can access an information packet, which includes information about the district, position and application/selection process by going to this link http://www.nworegontransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/New-Board-Member-Recruitment-Pack-2021.pdf on the SETD website. Packets may also be picked up at the Astoria Transit Center, 900 Marine Drive or the Seaside Transit Office, 39 N Holladay, Seaside. Alternatively, you, you may request a packet by contacting Mary Parker, Executive Assistant at [email protected] or by calling 503-861-5370.
Completed applications may be emailed to [email protected], dropped off at the Astoria Transit Center or Seaside Transit office or mailed to SETD 900 Marine Drive Astoria, Oregon 97103. The deadline to submit applications for this vacancy is 5:00 pm July 14, 2021
For more information, please Jeff Hazen, Executive Director at 503-861-5399

Service Changes July 1, 2021

Effective July 1, 2021:

The changes, all of which take effect on July 1, 2021, are as follows:

• A base fare of $3.00 will be established for all Dial-A-Ride trips.

• A $1.00 discount from the base fare will be available to all riders with a Reduced Fare Program card.

• The service area for Dial-A-Ride will be expanded to cover the entire County.

• An additional charge of $.75 per mile will be added for Dial-A-Ride trips in excess of eight miles.

• The Line 3 South County Flex service will be suspended until further notice.

• The Line 5 Rainier/Longview service will be suspended until further notice.

• The Line 6 Vernonia/Banks/Willow Creek service will be suspended until further notice.

Additionally, while the Line 1 Portland Commuter service ridership remains negatively impacted by COVID-19, frequency of service will be reduced to three (3) morning runs and three (3) evening runs. The schedule for these runs is shown here.