Cat Unveils New Look & Expanding Services

(Hood River, OR)

CAT (Columbia Area Transit) has stepped into a new look in celebration of their newest and ever-expanding services. Over the last several years, CAT has been hard at work revitalizing their services and reimagining their routes to better serve more of the Gorge community. In order to boost the fresh efforts—and in partnership with Blue Collar Agency—CAT is proud to unveil a new identity that makes CAT buses more noticeable, emphasizes its friendliness, and better mirrors the lively, diverse community it serves.

CAT now offers affordable access to public transportation for all area residents and visitors. Their marquee services are trips to and from Hood River, The Dalles, Parkdale, Cascade Locks, and even commuter trips to Portland and back. Later this year, CAT will take over the Columbia Gorge Express from ODOT and offer an increased number of buses from The Dalles to Portland with stops in Hood River and Cascade Locks. Look for additional increases in local and regional services this fall and winter. 

In conjunction with their new look, CAT has also launched an all-new website built to simplify navigability and make it easy to learn about CAT’s affordable services. See it in action at rideCATbus.org.

To help familiarize the public with their new look and services, CAT will be hosting information kiosks at the following events and offering prizes, new brochures, information on how and when to ride the bus, and at some events visitors will see our newly painted buses:

8/17             Pacific Crest Trail Days (9am-9pm)

8/22             Families in the Park (5-9pm)

8/30             Hood River Waterfront Concert Series: Speaker Minds (5-10pm)

8/31             The Dalles Farmers Market (9am-1pm)

9/2               Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim (5-10am)

9/6               First Friday in Hood River (5-8pm)

9/15             Gorge Kids Triathlon (8am-Noon)

9/21             Hood River Hops Fest (Noon-8pm)

10/11-13      Hood River Valley Harvest Fest (Fri.1-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun.10am-5pm)

Hood River County Transportation District provides public transportation in Hood River County under the name of Columbia Area Transit (CAT). The Columbia River Gorge is home. It’s not just about the natural beauty, the closeness to Portland, or the amazing history. It’s about the people.