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 27, 2023 – Fare Changes Proposed for The Link
The LINK Public Transit invites public feedback on proposed rate changes for one-way fares. The proposed changes are: 1) to decrease Fixed Routes fares within The Dalles city limits from $1.50 to $1.00 per one-way ride, and 2) to increase Dial-a-Ride service fares within The Dalles city limits from $1.50 to $2.00 per one-way ride. These changes are scheduled to go into effect on May 29, 2023, but could occur later if extra time is needed to address any concerns brought out by this process.
These changes will make the Link’s prices equal to the fares that have been established by our partner transportation agencies within the Gorge Translink Alliance. The Link, CAT, Mt. Adams Transportation and Skamania County Transit Service are working together to establish a Regional Transit system with consistent fare prices. Read more about the Gorge Regional Transit Strategy here!
The GOrge Pass will continue to provide unlimited fixed route service for riders with all four agencies through December 31st, at an annual price of $40 for adults and $20 for kids under 17. Learn more about the GOrge Pass at gorgepass.com.
The LINK also continues to offer discounted or free passes (both GOrge Passes and/or Dial-a-Ride rickets) to low-income riders through the Gorge Transit Connect program. For more information about Gorge Transit Connect, contact Sara Crook at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 541-296-2266 ext. 1007.
Your Feedback is requested!
Submit your comments through any of the options listed below:
1. Online via our Feedback Form.
PROVIDE YOUR FEEDBACK HERE
or use the QR Code!
2. In person by attending one of our Open House Sessions on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at The Dalles Transit Center, 802 Chenowith Loop Road, The Dalles.
Morning: 10:00am to Noon
Afternoon: 4:00 to 6:00p.m.
3. Via direct email to Jesus Mendoza at email@example.com or by phone at (541) 296-7595.
**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.**
If you require accommodations, contact the Link’s Transportation Operations Manager, Jesus Mendoza, at (541) 296-7595 or by email at Jesus@mcedd.org.
April 11, 2023 – Beginning April 17, The LINK Public Transportation will be adding new stops to the Red and Blue Deviated Fixed Routes that circle through The Dalles. All deviated fixed-route rides will be free for the first week, from Monday, April 17th through Saturday, April 22, 2023!
Q: What is a Deviated Fixed Route?
A: 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 pickups. Deviations within 1/4 mile of the route are allowed. Time is built into the route’s schedule to allow for these deviations, and folks can ride the bus home with carry-on bags – without having to call and wait for Dial-a-Ride service. The extra time allowed for deviations means that the bus may get to its next stop earlier than the scheduled time. However, the bus will not leave its next scheduled stop until the time that is posted in the schedule.
Q: What are the changes?
A: The number of scheduled stops on the Red Route has grown from 8 to 21! Both the Red and Blue routes each complete their circuit in one hour. Riders can get on stops at The Dalles Transit Center, Foley Lakes, One Community Health, The Dalles City Park, The Dalles High School, DMV, Water’s Edge, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, The Next Door, and the Veterans’ Service Office downtown, to name a few. Check our route map on our webpage for the full list of stops.
Fixed routes hours of operation are extending to on weekdays (M-F) from 7:00am to 6:00pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Rides are $1.50 each way. If you are a regular rider, the most cost effective way to ride is by purchasing the GOrge Pass. The GOrge Pass is good for the entire calendar year through December 31st, and can also be used on all fixed routes for the Link, CAT, Mt. Adams Transportation Service and Skamania County Transportation. GOrge Pass can take you from The Dalles up to Mount Hood and all the way into Portland with connections through CAT. A pass costs only $40 per adult and $20 per kid under 17.
GOrge Pass is available for purchase at The Dalles Transit Center, located at 802 Chenowith Loop Rd, The Dalles, OR 97058. For more information on the Link’s services and stops, or to buy your GOrge pass online, please visit our webpage at https://mcedd.org/link or call The LINK at 541-296-7595.
***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.***