Mid Columbia Economic Development District strives to promote the creation of family-wage jobs, the diversification of the economic base, and the growth, development and retention of business and industry in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania Counties
MCEDD is organized as a government non-profit in Oregon as an ORS-190 and in Washington through RCW 39.34.010.
January 26, 2024 – Effective February 19, 2024:
The Dalles to Hood River route will increase from four (4) to five (5) times per day on weekdays. Stop times will be modified for connectivity improvement with regional transit providers. Frequent riders are encouraged to purchase a Gorge Transit Pass, which offers unlimited travel on fixed route service offered by The Link, Columbia Area Transit (CAT), Mt. Adams Transportation Services (MATS), and Skamania County Transit. To purchase a pass, visit our office at 802 Chenowith Loop Rd. The Dalles, OR 97058 or visit gorgepass.com.
Effective March 4, 2024:
The Link will slightly reduce the frequency of the Blue Route in The Dalles to operate on a one-hour basis from 7:00am to 7:00pm on weekdays. This service reduction will allow the Link to increase its Dial-a-Ride service. The decision to increase Dial-a-Ride service was based on ridership data from the past year as well as current and future funding guidelines that direct our service to focus on the specific needs in Wasco County for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) and transportation for Students, the Elderly and Disabled, and Low-Income individuals who require door-to-door service.
Updated printed brochures and an online version will be available a week prior to the effective date at www.mcedd.org/link.
As operator of The Link Public Transit service in The Dalles, Oregon, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its programs and services on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin, as protected by Title VI in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1.B.
Questions? Contact the Link’s Transportation Operations Manager, Jesus Mendoza, at (541) 296-7595 or by email at Jesus@mcedd.org.
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July 21, 2023 – Washington, DC, [July 20, 2023] – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District in the Mid-Columbia Gorge region (OR and WA) has been awarded a 2023 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Gorge Regional Transit Strategy project.
NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies to strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards showcase organizations for noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, program delivery, and special initiatives.
“The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards program showcases effective and creative transportation initiatives. Programs and projects like the Gorge Regional Transit Strategy foster community and economic connections and promote effective transportation networks.” -shared current NADO President Chris Fetzer.
“The Gorge Regional Transit Strategy develops a roadmap for a coordinated and integrated public transportation system in our rural, bi-state region,” Kathy Fitzpatrick, Regional Mobility Manager for MCEDD, explained. “Our communities worked together to craft a collective regional vision and then we brought transit experts on board to help us figure out how to achieve that vision.”
For more information about this award-winning project, visit the Gorge Translink website.