Cascades East Transit is launching a new service between Bend and Mt Bachelor starting June 21 with free rides that day. Expanding on the success of the popular Winter Shuttle to Mt Bachelor, this new Summer Shuttle branded as Transit to Trails will include stops at popular trailheads along Century Drive. It will operate five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday, and offer three round trips per day.
Riders can try the new service for free and chat with CET staff on opening day, Wednesday, June 21. Opening day activities will take place from 9am to 1pm on June 21 at the Mt Bachelor Park and Ride located at SW Columbia St near the Pavilion.
Fares are $5 one-way or $9 roundtrip and can be purchased in advance with the Umo app. The service will run until Labor Day.
“We’re excited to launch an ADA-accessible public transit service that will provide access to popular hiking and mountain biking trailheads without the need to use a personal vehicle,” noted Andrea Breault, CET’s Transportation Director. “We encourage locals and visitors to ride the shuttle to help alleviate traffic congestion, free up parking spaces at trailheads, and reduce carbon emissions. If the pilot service is successful this summer, CET hopes to bring it back again next year.”
The Mt Bachelor Summer Shuttle is funded through a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant and a contribution from Mt Bachelor.
“The summer shuttle offers new opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy Mt Bachelor’s summer amenities such as the mountain bike park, zipline, frisbee golf, hiking trails, scenic chairlift rides, and the resort’s food and beverages,” said Ryan Gage, Director of Base Operations at Mt Bachelor. “Having a car-free travel option for our community members to visit Mt. Bachelor and take part in our summer activities is very appealing and we encourage people to take advantage of this resource.”
Learn all about this new service on our Transit to Trails webpage.