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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We are NW Transportation Options Network managers. Our region covers the area counties of Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia. Our goal is to get the word out about how the tools within can help make a positive impact on your time spent commuting to work, play and anything in-between. The technology and tools take the hard work out of creating and connecting you to carpools/vanpools. We also plan to run contests during the year to promote getting there using transit, bike, telecommute, walk, carpool or vanpool options.
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“Get There” offers easy ride matching and trip planning to reduce driving alone

July 1, 2019

For more information: Stephanie Millar, Transportation Options Program manager, 503-986-4224

SALEM — Want to reduce the cost of your drive? It’s easier than ever to share the ride with ODOT’s new carpooling tool, Get There. A web-based tool, Get There helps Oregonians plan trips, share rides with single trips or on a regular basis, and more. Get There replaces Drive Less Connect, the state’s former carpool matching tool.

By typing in a starting point and a destination, users can see options for both passengers and drivers looking to share rides. Using the tool helps travelers share the cost and reduces greenhouse gas emissions that harm the environment.

“Our goal is to help people have more choices for the way they travel,” said ODOT Highway Division Administrator Kris Strickler. “With more options, we usually see fewer vehicles on the road – and that means less congestion and frustration for everyone.”  

Get There also provides users with information about vanpools for popular commutes, like between Portland and Salem. The website also offers transit, bike and walking directions.

Organizations working to reduce drive alone trips across Oregon in places like Lane County, the Rogue Valley, and Deschutes County run programs that give their participants prizes to reduce their drive-alone trips. These programs will use Get There to help users track their trips and see how much fuel and money they are saving, as well as their reduced carbon footprint.

In October, Get There will host the annual Get There Challenge, formerly the Oregon Drive Less Challenge. This year’s challenge will feature a range of prizes for Oregonians who log trips made without driving alone. Sponsors include Providence Health & Services and Bike Friday. More details will be announced later this summer.

Pacific City Free Shuttle Begins Service

The 2019 Summer season’s “Pacific City Free Shuttle” began operating June 29th and 30th. The PC Shuttle departs Thousand Trails every 45 minutes and has scheduled stops throughout Pacific City. The PC Shuttle route provides riders easy walking distance to most Pacific City destinations. The Shuttle will operate weekends through Labor Day.
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