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Transportation Advisory Committee Vacancy

Sunset Empire Transportation District Board of Commissioners (SETD) is seeking a volunteer from Clatsop County who would like to serve on the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC advises the District’s Board on issues involving the District’s transportation plans, grants, policies, and programs with a special emphasis on access for senior and disabled riders. The current vacant position on the TAC is sought for representation from someone that can represent seniors and is knowledgeable of the public transportation needs of them.  The TAC committee is comprised of a total of 7 community members which are appointed by the SETD Board, an appointed SETD Board member and SETD staff. Term of office is 2 years beginning in July and going through June 30 accordingly. Responsibilities include a working knowledge of SETD’s plans, policies and programs; attending the scheduled meetings, making decisions when necessary and serving on subcommittees as needed. TAC meetings are generally held quarterly. Applications are available Monday thru Friday from 8 AM to 12 noon and 1 PM to 5 PM at the Astoria Transit Center, 900 Marine Drive in Astoria, Seaside Transit Office, 39 N. Holladay in Seaside, by clicking here or you may request an application be sent by mail. For more information contact Mary Parker at 503-861-5370 or [email protected]  Please email application to [email protected] or mail completed applications to Sunset Empire Transportation District, 900 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103 by Monday, September 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM.  

SETD Seaside Streetcar

The Sunset Empire Transportation District’s Seaside Streetcar begins it’s 2020 summer schedule today. It will operate every Saturday and Sunday from June 13th thru September 27th. Fare has been suspended until July 1st so there is no cost for this fun hourly cruise through Seaside until then. Everyone loves seeing the sights and enjoying the sea breeze from this unique open window ride. Park your car and jump on the Streetcar for a fun tour of Seaside or bike and ride using the convenient bike rack on the front. Our wonderful driver’s are looking forward to meeting you!

SETD DRIVERS ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE QUARTER

SETD BUS DRIVERS- EMPLOYEES OF THE QUARTER JANUARY-MARCH 2020  

Aubrey A., Kevin B., Mike B., Jeff C., Michael E., Sean G., Sabrina H.-B., Matt J., Bruce K., Thomas L., Mackenzie L., Marty M., Larry M., Terry M., Chuck P., Bill R., Steve S., and the other Steve S., Bill S., James T., Kent W., Kathy W., Suzie B., Demecio dA., Bronn L., Penny M.

The Sunset Empire Transportation District is pleased to announce that our drivers have been chosen as the EMPLOYEES of the Quarter.  From the start of the quarter in January as plans were rolled out for route changes through the current pandemic situation the drivers have conducted themselves in an exemplary manner.  

The quarter started with system-wide route changes.  These changes included additional routes and re-mapping of existing routes.  During this time, a high level of attention to detail and customer service was required.  The drivers provided riders with assistance, handing out new schedules and providing up to date information to assist riders in navigating the system.  During a time of potential stress and disarray the drivers’ smiles and positive attitude helped put people at ease.  While routes were being changed and new buses brought online demands on drivers were increased by the need to hire and train more drivers for the team.  The new drivers came on board and added to the ranks of capable positive drivers at SETD.  

Just when the routes were becoming familiar and riders and drivers alike were becoming more comfortable the pandemic with the restrictions on daily routines hit.  Our drivers have been on the frontlines and maintaining the routes and schedules for those that rely on transit.  The role they have played in maintaining this vital link for so many in our communities cannot be overstated.  The physical and symbolic role that the buses on the road play in the lives of everyone in our towns is immense.  Transit and our drivers maintain the connection that is the literal sustenance that keeps many alive.  

Thank you, SETD Drivers you are seen, appreciated, and recognized as our Employees of the Quarter.  You set a high bar!  

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

Transit Center to Reopen

The Astoria Transit Center and the Seaside Transit Office will reopen on June 29th. Both will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed on weekends. See you soon!

Sunset Empire Transportation District Requires Face Coverings For All Riders

For Immediate Release

From:   Jeff Hazen

Executive Director

Sunset Empire Transportation District

503-861-5399    

SUNSET EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT REQUIRES FACE COVERINGS FOR ALL BUS RIDERS

Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) has announced it is requiring all bus riders to wear a face covering when riding any of the District buses. Executive Director Jeff Hazen said, “The face covering requirement is in compliance with the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) transit requirements released on May 15th.” The OHA defines a face covering as; “Face covering” means a cloth, paper, or disposable face covering that covers the nose and the mouth.” Hazen said any of the face coverings defined by OHA are acceptable on the bus. Hazen also said that the OHA face covering requirement excludes riders who are under two years of age, have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a face covering or have a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering. Executive Director Hazen said that all SETD bus routes are currently running on normal schedules but have limited capacity due to rider spacing requirements. SETD buses continue to have enhanced disinfecting protocols in place throughout the day and a total disinfection being done every evening.

For questions or more information contact Mary Parker 503-861-5370 or [email protected]