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Gorge Transit Connect Program

What is the Gorge Transit Connect Program?

Columbia Area Transit (CAT) and The Link Public Transit have received funds from the Columbia Gorge Health Council to provide fares for fixed route and Dial-A-Ride services to local partner organizations who distribute the transit fares to eligible clients. The goal is to provide easy access to transit services for medical services, education, workplace, recreational activities, food, and other quality of life opportunities to improve social determinants of health.

CAT provides public transportation services within Hood River County, to Mt. Hood Meadows (seasonal), and between Hood River and Portland. The City Route (weekdays) and the Weekend Trolley (weekends) is a great way to get around the City of Hood River car free! Additionally, there are bus routes to the Upper Valley communities of Parkdale and Odell and to the Cities of The Dalles and Cascade Locks. Check out the CAT bus schedules at www.ridecatbus.org. CAT operates seven days a week, excluding most holidays.

The Link Public Transit provides public transportation services in Wasco County. The Blue and Red Routes operate on an hour loop to key destination in The Dalles, as well as demand response services throughout Wasco County are available, Monday-Friday.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a free transit fare an individual must live in a household that earns an income level that is 138% or less of the Federal Poverty Level.
• $17,774 for individuals
• $24,040 for a family of 2
• $30,305 for a family of 3
• $36,570 for a family of 4

How do I get free transit fare?

Contact one of the Local Partner organizations we work with to distribute passes to eligible clients. The goal is to not only get the passes to individuals who need them but also to make sure individuals know how to use the transit system

Local Partner Organizations

Gorge Grown

Hannah Ladwig

The Next Door

Maria Marquez (The Dalles & Hood River)
(541)386-6665 ext. 300

Hood River Veterans services

Eric Akin County Veteran Service Officer

HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence


Mid-Columbia Housing Authority

Sonia Chavez

Hood River Shelter Services


Oregon Department of Human Services

Joe Carpenter
(541) 340-4993

Columbia Gorge Community College

Dan Spatz

Nch’i Wana Housing

Debra Whitefoot

Mid-Columbia Community Action Council