Steering Advisory Committee Meeting

March 2, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

 

NEWS RELEASE

DRAFT – Not for distribution
Updated: 02/09/2017

Contact:
Ron Nails, Executive Co-Director and Operations Manager
Hood River County Transportation District
PO Box 1147, Hood River, OR 97031
541-386- 4202
Cat2@gorge.net

Columbia Area Transit seeks feedback on bus route improvements at public open house Online survey open through March 24 to collect feedback on proposed improvements for new master plan

HOOD RIVER – Columbia Area Transit (CAT) is proposing several bus route improvements as part of the new Hood River County Transit Master Plan. The goal of the plan is to enhance public access to key destinations for people of all ages and abilities by expanding the area’s public bus service in the near term and over the next 20 years. The proposed improvements were developed after analyzing transit data and collecting ideas from the public last fall using surveys distributed on CAT buses, at community events and online.

Project staff will present the proposed improvements at a public open house.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017  |  5 – 7 p.m.
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites | Celilo Room | 1 Nichols Parkway | Hood River, OR 97031

Hood River County residents and visitors are invited to stop by the open house anytime between 5 – 7 p.m. to talk with staff about current bus service and submit feedback on the proposed route improvements. Staff will give a short presentation at 5:30 p.m. A Spanish interpreter will be available to assist Spanish speakers. Information presented at the open house will be posted at catransit.org.

Starting Feb. 23, the public can also share their input through an online survey in English and Spanish on catransit.org. Staff will use public feedback to refine the proposed route improvements. All feedback is due by March 24, 2017.

When completed, the new Transit Master Plan will include the results of a study on existing bus routes and areas for improvement; new bus route options in Hood River County; priority enhancements to intercity bus services; and a plan to fund and complete the improvements.

Better public transit in the region will provide more travel options, improve access for people who can’t drive a car and address traffic congestion. The Hood River County Transportation District Board of Directors expects to adopt the final plan in spring 2017.

For more information on the master planning process and existing transit options, visit catransit.org.
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News Outlets and Contacts:

 Hood River News Kirby Neumann-Rea, News editor
kneumann-rea@hoodrivernews.com
hrnews@hoodrivernews.com
 The Dalles Chronicle Mark Gibson, News Editor
mgibson@thedalleschronicle.com
 White Salmon Enterprise Elaine Bakke, Editor/Publisher
EBakke@WhiteSalmonEnterprise.com
 KIHR Mark Bailey, Program Director
mbailey@bicoastalmedia.com
 KODL newsroom@kodl.com
 The Gorge Magazine Janet Cook, Editor
jcook@thegorgemagazine.com
 Hood River Biz Buzz Blog Stu Watson
stu@watsonx2.com
 Radio Tierra info@radiotierra.org
 Haystack Broadcasting info@haystackbroadcasting.com
 KCGB FM Tim Requa
trequa@bicoastalmedia.com

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

BORRADOR – No para la distribución
Actualizado: 02/09/2017

Contacto:
Ron Nails, Co-Director Ejecutivo y Gerente de Operaciones
Distrito de Transporte del Condado de Hood River
PO Box 1147, Hood River, OR 97031
541-386- 4202
Cat2@gorge.net

Columbia Area Transit busca retroalimentación sobre mejoras en las rutas de autobuses en una casa abierta al público
La encuesta en línea está abierta hasta el 24 de marzo para recopilar comentarios sobre las mejoras propuestas para el nuevo plan maestro

HOOD RIVER – Columbia Area Transit (CAT) propone varias mejoras en la ruta del autobús como parte del nuevo Plan Maestro de Tránsito del Condado de Hood River. Mediante la ampliación del servicio público de autobuses del área a corto plazo y durante los próximos 20 años, el objetivo del plan es mejorar el acceso público a los principales destinos para personas de todas edades y capacidades. Utilizando encuestas distribuidas en autobuses CAT, en eventos comunitarios y en línea, las mejoras propuestas se desarrollaron después de analizar los datos de tránsito y recopilar ideas del público el pasado otoño.

El personal del proyecto presentará las mejoras propuestas en una casa abierta al público.

¿Cuándo?: Jueves, 2 de marzo, 2017, 5 – 7 p.m.
¿Dónde?: Hampton Inn & Suites, Celilo Room, 1 Nichols Parkway, Hood River, OR 97031

Los residentes y visitantes del Condado de Hood River están invitados a visitar la casa abierta en cualquier momento entre las 5 y 7 de la tarde para hablar con el personal sobre el servicio de autobús actual y someter comentarios sobre las mejoras propuestas en la ruta. El personal dará una breve presentación a las 5:30 p.m. Un intérprete estará disponible para ayudar a los que hablan español. La información presentada en la casa abierta se publicará en catransit.org.

A partir del 23 de febrero, el público también puede compartir su opinión a través de una encuesta en línea en inglés y español en catransit.org. El personal utilizará los comentarios del público para refinar las mejoras propuestas para la ruta. Todos los comentarios deben ser enviados antes del 24 de marzo de 2017.

Cuando se complete, el nuevo Plan Maestro de Tránsito incluirá los resultados de un estudio sobre rutas de autobús existentes y áreas de mejora; nuevas opciones de ruta de autobús en el Condado de Hood River; mejoramientos prioritarias a los servicios de autobuses interurbanos; y un plan para financiar y completar las mejoras.

Un mejor tránsito público en la región proporcionará más opciones de viaje, dará mejor acceso a las personas que no pueden conducir un automóvil y aborda el problema de la congestión del tráfico. Los directores del Distrito de Transporte del Condado de Hood River esperan adoptar el plan final en la primavera de 2017.

Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de planificación y las opciones de tránsito existentes, visite catransit.org.
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Puntos de venta y contactos:

 Hood River News Kirby Neumann-Rea, Editor de noticias
kneumann-rea@hoodrivernews.com
hrnews@hoodrivernews.com
 The Dalles Chronicle Mark Gibson, Editor de noticias
mgibson@thedalleschronicle.com
 White Salmon Enterprise Elaine Bakke, Editor
EBakke@WhiteSalmonEnterprise.com
 KIHR Mark Bailey, Director de programa
mbailey@bicoastalmedia.com
 KODL newsroom@kodl.com
 The Gorge Magazine Janet Cook, Editor
jcook@thegorgemagazine.com
 Hood River Biz Buzz Blog Stu Watson
stu@watsonx2.com
 Radio Tierra info@radiotierra.org
 Haystack Broadcasting info@haystackbroadcasting.com
 KCGB FM Tim Requa
trequa@bicoastalmedia.com

cat-master-plan

The Hood River County Transportation District is preparing a plan to enhance the area’s public bus service in both the short term and over the next 20 years. When completed, the transit master plan will describe how the bus system can enhance public access to key destinations for residents, employees and visitors of Hood River County with a focus on people who rely on the bus to get around.

The transit master plan will include:

  • Existing bus routes and areas for improvement
  • New bus route options in Hood River County
  • Priority enhancements to intercity bus services
  • A plan to fund and complete the improvements

The final plan depends on answers to key community questions:

  • Where are the major attractions in Hood River County?
  • Which locations are difficult to reach without a car?
  • Who needs to access bus service?
  • What are the most common trip purposes when people take the bus?
  • How should we prioritize limited funding?
  • What services, programs or benefits will help encourage the use of public transit?

Everyone benefits from better public transit

Increases travel choices
People have more travel options in a better transit system, making it easier to take the bus where you need to go, or make it part of your journey on foot or by bike.

Increases access
Not everyone can drive a car. Transit improvements will help people reliably reach their destinations on schedule.

Addresses traffic congestion
More people on the bus means fewer cars on the road. Better transit will be part of the plan to ease congestion in downtown Hood River.

Existing public transit service

Established fixed bus routes provide scheduled service through Hood River with intercity service to The Dalles and Portland. The transit master plan will explore ways to enhance existing routes and add new routes that improve community benefits.

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