ⓘ View CAT’s guidance for Passenger Transport and Vehicle Cleaning Procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 here.

About CAT

We Are CAT

Nice to Meet You!

The Columbia River Gorge is home. For us, it’s not just about the natural beauty, the closeness to Portland, or the amazing history. It’s about the people.

We’re committed to making your life better, in just a little way, because when you come first the entire community feels the difference.

The History of CAT

Hood River County Transportation District provides public transportation in Hood River County under the name of Columbia Area Transit (CAT). We are a Special District organized under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 267. Our major sources of funding include grants from the Federal Transit Administration, several different sources from the State of Oregon, local property tax, and user fees. The District was formed by a vote of Hood River County Residents in 1993.

Our Board

Lara Dunn

Lara Dunn
Board Chair

Term expires in 2023

Leticia Valle

Leticia (Leti) Valle
Board Vice-Chair

Term expires in 2023

Darrell Roberts
Board Secretary

Term expires in 2021

Greg Pack

Term expires in 2023

Megan Ramey

Term expires in 2021

Bridget Bailey

Term expires in 2021

Eleazar Reyes

Term expires in 2021

Our Board Meetings

We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 3pm in public-accessible meetings in the CAT offices. Please check out the Events page to see when the Board Meetings are scheduled and for meeting information. We love to hear from our community! Feel free to contact us at info@rideCATbus.org.

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Board Committees

Budget Committee
Special Transportation Fund (STF)/ Statewide Transportation Improvement (STIF) Committee


Affiliate Transit Services

We’ve teamed up with two other excellent public transit companies to fill in some of our service gaps. Please look to them to help you get to the places that are out of our reach.


  • Look to LINK for service to:
  • Dufur
  • Mosier
  • Celilo
  • Unincorporated Wasco County

Learn More About LINK


  • Look to MATS for service to:
  • Goldendale
  • Bingen
  • White Salmon

Learn More About MATS

Policies and Plans

We have a true motivation to improve our corner of the world because we care and live here too. Take a quick look at our policies and planning documents that are guiding our transit services in our district.


Hood River County Transportation District Board Bylaws: These approved bylaws outline the general principles under which we operate.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Policies: Cleaning and safety guidelines and policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

ADA Complementary Paratransit Plan (ADA Plan): The District’s ADA Plan outlines the services and associated policies that provide access to Hood River County residents who are unable to use regular bus service due to a disability.

Title VI and Limited English Proficiency: We are committed to ensuring that no person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by the District. The Title VI & LEP Plans spell out our commitment to maintaining programs and services that are accessible to all.

Transit Master Plan: This identifies opportunities for transit service expansion and details a near-term plan for service development as well as a long-term vision for transit in Hood River County over the next 20 years.

Hood River County Coordinated Transportation Plan 2016-2019: This was prepared to meet state and federal requirements for agencies, like us, that receive Special Transportation Funding (STF). It focuses on the needs of four target populations residing in Hood River County: seniors, low income individuals, individuals with disabilities, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals. The coordinated transportation plan is intended to define and prioritize general strategies that the transit service providers can use to address the service needs, gaps, and barriers of these four groups.

Hood River to Government Camp Transit Feasibility and Implementation Study: This project focused upon public transportation feasibility between Hood River and Government Camp. The project is part of a larger effort in the region to create a transit system that offers transit around Mount Hood. CAT is currently participating in the larger project, known as Vision Around the Mountain, which seeks to identify the resources, structure and infrastructure needed to coordinate and facilitate the larger vision.

Hood River County Coordinated Transportation Plan Update 2020: The Hood River County Coordinated Transportation Plan Update 2020 focused on the transportation needs of seniors, low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities and Limited English Proficiency individuals and Hood River County residents in general. This document is an update to the 2016-2020 Hood River County Coordinated Transportation Plan and the information gathered will be integrated into any future Transportation Master Plan update. Updating the plan consisted of a demographic data analysis, stakeholder engagement, current public transportation services inventory, and the creation of a prioritized list Public Transportation needs and projects. The updated document was approved by the HRCTD Board of Directors on November 18th.

Current Planning Efforts

Highway 35 Plan: Together with ODOT and the Forest Service, we are planning to provide service from Hood River to Government Camp and several destinations in between. Keep an eye out on social media and here on our site for further information as it is available.

Civil Rights

Civil Rights info can be found here:

Civil Rights