Since last week your friendly neighborhood CAT (Columbia Area Transit) offers an expanded Columbia Gorge Express (CGE) InterCity Service, with 8 trips per day on weekdays and 6 trips per day on weekends (approximately every 1-½ hours) between Hood River and Portland’s Gateway Transit Center. The upgraded CGE service includes stops in Cascade Locks, Multnomah Falls, and Troutdale. We hope you are as excited as we are about this easy new way to travel the Gorge.
One of the great things about this expanded service is that it provides an additional transportation option for Gorge locals and tourists. From the Portland Gateway Transit Center riders can transfer to TriMet’s MAX Redline to connect to the Airport, the MAX Blueline to go to downtown Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro, and the MAX Greenline to reach Clackamas Town Center. Several CAT employee relatives are planning on taking the Columbia Gorge Express from PDX to Hood River this Holiday season.
On weekdays the CGE service begins in Hood River at 5:40am and ends with a trip leaving from Portland to Hood River at 6:30pm. Our weekend service starts in Hood River at 7:10am (arriving in Portland at 8:30am) and ends with a final trip from Portland to the Gorge leaving at 5:30pm. Four of the weekday trips and two weekend trips also serve The Dalles. This is a great option for people who commute to work on I-84 and want to relax and look out the windows at the gorgeous scenery instead of concentrating on the bumper of the truck in front of them. Or, if preferred the on-board WIFI can be used to start the workday on the bus.
The good news doesn’t stop there. Locally, expanded evening services are also available on the Hood River City Route, which now runs every 45 minutes from 7am in the morning until 8pm in the evening. This allows local community members to get to and from work as well as to evening activities. CAT has a super handy bus stop in front of the Hood River Aquatic Center for easy access to swim lessons or Hood River Valley High School swim team and water polo events.
“These expanded services are a response to requests from the community for increased transit options,” said Patty Fink, Executive Director of CAT. “We’re excited to offer more ways for community members to move around the local area and to travel to and from the Gorge to Portland.”
Come by the CAT offices to grab a schedule and say hi to a CAT Team Member! You can also access brochures at business locations throughout the Gorge, and downloadable schedules can be found at rideCATbus.org. For more information visit rideCATbus.org or call 541-389-4202.