Transit Services: CC Rider Sustainability | News

Columbia County Commissioners have approved a revised contract with MTR Western, LLC, the company that operates the CC Rider bus fleet.






The contract revision reflects a rate adjustment resulting from service reductions implemented earlier this year and is retroactive to July 1, 2021.




The overhaul completes the final component of the CC Rider Transit program redesign and sets the stage for service sustainability for the foreseeable future.

The contract revision reflects a rate adjustment resulting from service reductions implemented earlier this year and is retroactive to July 1, 2021.

“Economics of scale come into play. It costs a set amount to run the transit operation and even though the county has reduced routes due to the pandemic resulting in lower ridership, the costs fixed remain the same,” Commissioner Henry Heimuller said. “The hourly rate had to be adjusted to compensate for this. This rate will be renegotiated as more routes are added. Again, economy of scale.”

When ridership on transit routes plummeted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the county chose to focus on CC Rider’s busiest services, the suburban St. Helens to Portland and Dial-A-Ride, and to suspend service at extremely low ridership. routes.

The Dial-a-Ride program provides an important service to many Columbia County residents by allowing them complete freedom of mobility to travel within the county, according to transit officials.

“Dial-a-Ride is a valuable door-to-door transportation service for veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, and those who cannot use standard Columbia County fixed-route transit,” said John Dreeszen, Columbia County Transit Manager. “With Dial-a-Ride, they can more easily get to medical appointments, meetings, run errands, or even run errands.”

Columbia County Transit Services is primarily grant-funded and provides lower-cost transportation than other popular alternatives available to county residents. Columbia County and CC Rider are committed to meeting the needs of the county to the best of their abilities with currently available resources.

Melvin Z. Madore