SETD Adds Weekend Service and Realigns Some Routes

Beginning February 3, 2020, SETD will change a number of its schedules to provide expanded service. This will mean additional service on the weekend and additional loops during weekday service. Affected are the Route 10, Route 15 and the Route 101.

Route 10 will add three trips daily to MERTS campus, and will add service to the neighborhood near Grays School. Weekday service will run every 70 minutes from 6:00 AM until 9:10 PM.

Route 15 will add 10 loops to the existing 10 loops resulting in weekday service to Warrenton and Hammond every 45 minutes. The newly aligned Route 15 will service Hammond, Fred Meyers, Walmart, Huckleberry and 19th St., and will cross Hwy 101 to provide service on Main St. from Fort Stevens Spur north to the Warrenton Mini Mart.

A newly created Route 16 will mirror the Route 15 but on the weekends. This route will also provide service every 45 minutes, but will end service at 5:25 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Route 101 Will add 6 loops each weekday resulting in service every 49 minutes from 6:00 AM until 9:22 PM. The new alignment of the Route 101 will give primary service to Hwy 101. It will travel from the Astoria Transit Center to Avenue U in Seaside and back. It will not service Walmart and will not go “over the hill” to service points including the college in Astoria. It will however continue to serve Camp Rilea, Sunset Beach, and will provide a connection with the Route 20 at the Seaside cinema.

Please see the new schedules for these routes below.

New Service Route from Astoria to Portland

SETD is pleased to announce the realignment, expansion and addition of routes in Clatsop County and to Portland.  On February 3, 2020, SETD will begin connector service between Astoria and Portland.  The service will run three times a day, seven days a week.  It will service Svenson, Knappa, Westport, Clatskanie, Rainier, St. Helens and Scappoose on its way to Union Station in Portland.  The fare will be $15 dollars, with lesser fares for boardings or alightings at the intermediate stops.  Please see the schedule and fare table below.

Student Fare Free Program

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) has announced that they will begin offering a fare free student transportation program in Clatsop County starting on January 6, 2020. The program will provide fare free transportation for all students K-12 on all routes within Clatsop County. “Our STIF funding requires that 1% of that funding be dedicated to transportation for students grades 9 to 12.” Executive Director Hazen explained. Hazen continued saying “We want to do more than that and extend the fare free service to grades K-12 because someday these kids will graduate and some will be going to college and they will already be experienced in using public transportation before they leave home.”  Some of the grants SETD receives are based on ridership so the additional ridership could also potentially help with those grants. The current enrollment in Clatsop County schools exceeds 5,100 students. “We are hopeful that this fare free program will reduce the barriers that some students face when wanting to participate in all school activities.” Hazen added. SETD will be working very closely with the schools to get the message out to students and parents about this new program. For more information contact Executive Director Jeff Hazen and [email protected] or 503-861-5399.

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