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.
April 24, 2019 – Starting April 29, The LINK Public Transportation is offering a new deviated fixed route serving key stops in The Dalles. Circling the city on a one-hour loop on Monday through Friday, 7am to 6pm, riders can get on stops at The Dalles Transit Center, near Goodwill to access the 6th street shopping area, Columbia Gorge Community College, Mid-Columbia Medical Center and the Veterans’ Service Office downtown.
Similar to The LINK’s dial-a-ride service, which is still available for everyone, rides on the route are $1.50 each way. As an incentive to encourage the community to try out the new service, all rides on the deviated fixed route are free for the first two weeks of the service through May 10, 2019.
The bus operates along a route with a regular schedule, but is
called a “deviated” fixed route because it can also leave the route to
accommodate requests for “off-route” drop-offs or pick-ups. The number of
deviations per loop is limited and must be scheduled in advance by calling The
LINK at 541-296-7595. Only deviations within 1/4 mile of the route are allowed.
Time is built into the schedule to allow for deviations. This means the bus may
get to the stops earlier than the scheduled time if there are no deviations,
but the bus will not leave that stop until the time posted in the schedule.
“This route was identified as a priority in the 2016 The
Dalles Transportation System Plan,” said Charlotte Sallee, Transportation
Operations Director. “Thanks to a grant from the Federal Transportation
Administration and new Oregon state funding for public transportation, The LINK
was able to launch this new service as another way to serve our community.”
in April, The LINK announced a new option to pay for rides on LINK buses using
a smartphone through the free Hopthru app. With mobile ticketing and a bus
route, the LINK has more plans in the works that will better serve public
transportation needs for everyone in Wasco County. Find the schedule and map
for the deviated fixed route, information about the Hopthru app and more on The
LINK’s pages at http://mcedd.org/linktransit or by calling
The LINK at 541-296-7595.
The LINK Public Transportation is operated by Mid-Columbia Economic Development
April 5, 2019 – The Link Public Transportation network operated by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District has joined Mount Adams Transportation and Columbia Area Transit in offering HopThru as a convenient way to pay for rides using a smartphone.
The new option is available through the Hopthru app, which is free and easy to set up. This feature gives riders the option to purchase LINK tickets anytime, anywhere. While riders can still use paper tickets and cash, HopThru provides another convenient option. “We are excited to offer this new service to make it easier for riders to use the LINK,” said Charlotte Sallee, Transportation Operations Director. “Now riders can just buy a ticket on their phones using the Hopthru app and get on board.”
Riders can get started in three easy steps:
1. Download the free Hopthru app from Google Play or the App
2. Select your ticket type (One Ride Ticket or Ten Ride
Tickets) and then enter payment information. Riders can buy as many tickets as
they would like and use them at their leisure.
3. When you are about to board a LINK bus, activate the
Ticket and show the screen to the bus driver. Tickets are valid for 20 minutes
The LINK selected Hopthru for this new mobile ticketing
option to better coordinate with adjacent transit providers Columbia Area
Transit (CAT) in Hood River County and Mount Adams Transportation Services (MATS)
in Klickitat County. “As riders transfer from CAT and MATS buses to the LINK,
using Hopthru for ticketing with all of the transit providers will be a big
help,” adds Charlotte Sallee.
The LINK provides door-to-door public transportation in The
Dalles, Mosier, Dufur, Celilo and points between. Hours of operation are Monday
through Friday from 7am to 6pm. Service is open to everyone for all purposes
and rides are $1.50 each way. Call the LINK at 541-296-7595 to schedule rides,
with at least one day notice for best availability.
Additionally, the LINK is busy putting the final touches on a
new deviated fixed-route bus that will soon begin an hourly loop around The
Dalles with stops at The Dalles Transit Center, 6th street shopping,
Columbia Gorge Community College, Mid-Columbia Medical Center and downtown.
Schedules and a route map will be announced soon.
LINK Public Transportation is operated by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.
Learn more about the LINK at http://mcedd.org/linktransit or