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SETD Free Shuttle Available To County Covid Vaccine Clinics

April 1, 2021

For Immediate Release

From:  Jeff Hazen Executive Director 503-861-5399

Sunset Empire Transportation District

SUNSET EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OFFERS FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO COUNTY COVID-19 CLINIC LOCATIONS

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) has announced that starting on April 7, 2021, the District will be providing a free shuttle service to the Clatsop County Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics scheduled at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds and at the Old Seaside High School. Shuttle service to the Clatsop County Fairground Clinics will make turnaround trips every 30 minutes between the Astoria Transit Center and the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Shuttle service to the Old Seaside High School will make turnaround trips every 15 minutes between the Seaside Cinema bus stop and the Old Seaside High School. Anyone using an SETD regular bus to get to the free Covid Clinic Shuttle locations may ride for free by notifying the regular route bus driver when they board. SETD Covid Clinic Shuttle drivers will distribute tokens to any riders who will be riding regular SETD bus routes following their return to the Astoria Transit Center or the Seaside Cinema locations. The SETD Covid Clinic Shuttles will be available for each of the clinics scheduled at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds or the Old Seaside High School starting on April 7th.  Appointments are required at each clinic and can be made by contacting the Clatsop County Public Health website at www.co.clatsop.or.us/publichealth/page/covid-19-vaccine-survey. Covid Clinic Shuttles will begin service one hour prior to each clinic opening. The Astoria Transit Center is located at 900 Marine Drive in Astoria and the Seaside Cinema is located at 1026 12th Avenue in Seaside. Please plan on arriving prior to your appointment. For more information, please call 503-861-7433 Option #1 or visit the SETD website at  www.nworegontransit.org

3/15/21: Up-to-Date COVID-19 Information

LATEST UPDATE – Monday, March 15, 2021

RIDER ALERT EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 4TH

Effective Monday, May 4, 2020 and until further notice, the District will require all passengers to wear face masks.  These masks may be manufactured masks or cloth facial coverings. 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order on Monday, March 23rd at 10:30am immediately directing Oregonians to “Stay home, stay healthy” to the maximum extent possible except for carrying out essential tasks to include groceries, pharmacy and health care needs.

Tillamook County Transportation District (TCTD) is closely following recommendations made by the Oregon Health Authority, which has not recommended limiting the following District’s transit services. 

  • All In-County buses are operating under normal schedules.
  • All Inter-City services to Portland and Salem are operating under normal schedules.
  • Dial-A-Ride services are limited to essential trips whenever possible.
  • Administrative Office Hours are Monday-Friday by appointment only. Please call 503-815-8283 to schedule.

WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SAFETY

  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Only travel for essential tasks include groceries, pharmacy and health care needs.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • Practice “social distancing” by maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet from others and limiting travel to necessity. There are fewer passengers riding buses and there is adequate room on the buses to be at least six feet from other riders.

WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR YOUR SAFETY

  • Regularly cleaning all buses and vans daily.
  • Throughout the day, staff are wiping down all touch points on District vehicles.
  • Throughout the day, staff are wiping down touch points at the Transit Visitors’ Center and all other District facilities.

Below are links for additional information:

March 23, 2020 – Governor Brown’s Executive Order: https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/jkAULYKcSh6DoDF8wBM0_EO%2020-12.pdf

SETD OFFERS FREE TRANSPORTATION TO COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) has announced a free transportation service for those who have appointments to receive their COVID-19 vaccination in Clatsop County. Executive Director Jeff Hazen said that making sure that transportation is not a barrier to someone receiving their COVID-19 vaccine is very important to all of us. The free transportation is available by appointment only and those requesting transportation will be asked for the date, time and location of their COVID-19 vaccination appointment for verification prior to scheduling their transportation request.  SETD’s free transportation will be provided to any of the Clatsop County Vaccination Clinic’s, local Health Care Providers, or pharmacies. Scheduling is required at least 24 hours in advance and all vehicles are ADA accessible. To schedule transportation please call 503-861-7433 and select Option #2. For more information visit the SETD website at https://www.nworegontransit.org or contact Jennifer Geisler at [email protected] at 503-861-5385                                                                                                                                

CC Rider Virtual Public Forum

Public Forum Announcement:

Date: April 27, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m.

A virtual public forum will be held on April 27, 2021 to discuss upcoming service changes and proposed Dial-a-Ride fare adjustments.  The forum will take place virtually via GoToMeeting.

CCRider Virtual Public Forum
Tue, Apr 27, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (PDT)

Please join meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/518348349

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Access Code: 518-348-349


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For more information:

Email: [email protected]

Call: 503-366-0159

Write: 1155 Deer Island Rd, St. Helens, OR, 97051

Updated Mask Requirements

From:   Jeff Hazen

Executive Director

Sunset Empire Transportation District                                                                                                                                    

NEW REQUIREMENT FOR PERSONS TO WEAR MASKS WHILE ON CONVEYANCES AND AT TRANSPORTATION HUBS

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) has announced implementation of new face mask requirements for all public conveyance operators issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on January 29, 2021. This new Federal law requires the wearing of masks by travelers to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Conveyance operators now must require that all persons wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub including the Transit Center Plaza and all bus stops. This Federal law must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances) and operators of transportation hubs ( e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) or any other area that provides transportation in the United States. All people using public transportation must wear masks that snugly cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances. People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States. Failure to comply constitutes a violation of Federal law.

For more information visit the CDC website at CDC Order: Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs or contact Executive Director Jeff Hazen at [email protected] or call 503-861-5399.

CCR Transit Advisory Committee VIRTUAL meeting

CCRTAC meeting
Tue, Feb 16, 2021 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (PST)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/305586365

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Access Code: 305-586-365


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State and Federal Grant Funds Available

Sunset Empire Transportation District Announces Availability of State and Federal Grant Funds

January 20, 2021

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) announces the opportunity for eligible parties in Clatsop County to apply for grant funding for the 2021-2023 Biennium. Projects eligible for funding are required to provide transportation services for older adults and persons with disabilities. Eligible parties include: Cities; Counties; Transportation Districts; Public or private agencies; Federally recognized Indian Tribes; Individuals; or any of these joined in cooperative agreements.

STF and/or §5310 are separate grant programs and require separate applications.

  1. Special Transportation Fund (STF): State STF funds for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities are allocated to SETD as the designated STF agency by the Oregon Department of Transportation. STF Estimated biennial allocation is $185,867. Funds may be used for any purpose directly related to transportation services including transit operations, capital equipment, planning, travel training and other transit related purposes. Use the following link for STF application instructions and application form. https://www.oregon.gov/odot/RPTD/RPTD%20Document%20Library/STF-Guidance-Application-Instructions-FY2021-23.pdf

  1. 5310 Program Funds: Federal funds identified as “Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities”, Estimated biennial grant funds are $278,887. All projects funded with Section 5310 must be derived from a locally developed and adopted Coordinated Plan. This program has a match component. Use the following link for 5310 application instructions and application form. https://www.oregon.gov/odot/RPTD/RPTD%20Document%20Library/5310-Guidance-Application-Instructions-FY2021-23.pdf

Applications must be received by Sunset Empire Transportation District no later than 5:00 PM on February 8, 2021.

Completed applications may be mailed to SETD 900 Marine Drive Astoria Oregon 97103, dropped off at the Astoria Transit Center at 900 Marine Drive in Astoria, at the Seaside Transit Office at 39 N. Holladay in Seaside or emailed to [email protected].

Contact Executive Director, Jeff Hazen at [email protected] or 503-861-5399 for further assistance or information.

CCR Transit Advisory Committee virtual meeting

The next Transit Advisory Committee meeting will be held virtually via GoToMeeting at the link below.

Transit Advisory Committee
Tue, Jan 19, 2021 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (PST)

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/589088157

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Access Code: 589-088-157

TCTD Announces real-time Transit App

Tillamook County Transportation District is announcing Transit as the official mobility app for District’s Wave riders. Transit has millions of active users in more than 200 cities worldwide, and is now available for TCTD riders who are now able to track their bus in real-time with the leading transport app in North America.

Upon launching the app, TCTD riders are able to see nearby bus departure times in big text and bright colors. The app riders to easily navigate the service area region, aided by accurate real-time bus ETAs, trip planning, step-by-step navigation, and crowdsourced real-time information with Transit’s GO feature.

TCTD’s partnership with Transit offers a comprehensive, easy-to-use and widely-adopted app for riders. Under this agreement, TCTD will also receive anonymized usage data and customizations to better serve the public, such as the ability to send important information directly to riders via Transit’s home screen.

Doug Pilant, the TCTD general manager said, “The District is excited to introduce riders to Transit’s real time app to provide riders with real time bus schedule information in throughout NW Oregon as well as in Salem and Portland.”

By endorsing Transit as its official app, TCTD joins dozens of other public transit agencies across North America that have partnered with the app, including LA Metro, Boston’s MBTA, Baltimore’s MDOT MTA, Silicon Valley’s VTA, Metro Transit in St. Louis and Montreal’s STM.

“Partnering with a single app that prioritizes transit makes it clear to riders where they can go for information,” said David Block-Schachter, Chief Business Officer of Transit. “We’re excited to work with TCTD and to see more people using Transit as part of their daily routine.”

Transit is available to download for iPhone and Android at www.transitapp.com.

Budget Committee Volunteers Needed

For Immediate Release

From:   Jeff Hazen

Executive Director

Sunset Empire Transportation District

503-861-5399 

Sunset Empire Transportation District Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers that are registered voters of Clatsop County and would like to serve on the District Budget Committee.  The Budget Committee is comprised of 7 District Board Members and 7 community members who are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and serve a 3-year term.  There are currently 3 community member positions open on the committee. The SETD Budget Committee generally meets once or twice a year. Those interested in serving on the SETD Budget Committee are asked to submit a letter of interest which can be emailed to [email protected], dropped off at the Astoria Transit Center, 900 Marine Drive, Seaside Transit Office, 39 North Holladay or mailed to Sunset Empire Transportation District, 900 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103. Please submit letters of interest by December 30, 2020.

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