The purpose of the Gorge Regional Transit Strategy is to develop a roadmap for a regionally coordinated and integrated public transportation system in the rural 5-county, bi-state region adjacent to the large metropolitan areas of Portland/Vancouver.
Phase I concluded in Winter 2021 and focused on strengthening partnerships, analyzing local transportation plans in the Columbia Gorge, and developing a collective regional vision and goals. MCEDD’s Senior Mobility Manager, Kathy Fitzpatrick, is leading the current work on Phase II, developing the vision map and moving towards operationalizing the vision with the input that is being gathered from ongoing meetings with stakeholders. The process is highly complex and involved, with four different transportation agencies spread over five counties in the two-state area.
The Strategy will be completed in July 2023 and will provide the region with a roadmap to a regional transit system that will give our residents the mobility to access work, school, recreation, and essential services. For more complete information and the project timeline, visit the Gorge Translink website.