Columbia Area Transit (CAT) COVID-19 (coronavirus) and Service Updates

Hood River, Oregon, U.S.A.

Since Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-12 on March 23rd, CAT has been working in coordination with the emergency response team, local health professionals, and other stakeholders to implement temporary changes in operations and services that can slow the transmission of COVID-19 and contain the spread of the virus. This includes suspending fixed-route services and moving to a Dial-A-Ride only (reservation-based)system, enacting workplace safety measures for our staff, cleaning and disinfecting our vehicles on a frequent basis, ensuring proper air circulation throughout the vehicle, and most recently requiring all passengers and drivers to use facemasks while on our vehicles.

As local discussions around reopening begin, CAT is working on ways to begin to safely “reopen” and restore our services. To this end, on Monday May 11th, CAT has begun operating limited services between The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Portland again. The initial service will be limited to two trips per weekday. For more information, check out the schedule here. Those interested in riding will need to:

Schedule a ride in advance by calling (541) 386-4202.

Be a Gorge resident. Service is available to all Gorge residents. Riders will need to provide a valid telephone number and address in the Gorge to ride.

Wear a face mask. All riders and drivers are required to wear face masks which cover the nose and mouth when riding or operating a CAT vehicle.

Tell CAT if you need assistance. CAT drivers will provide limited assistance to riders needing to get on and off the vehicle. Drivers will wear gloves when assisting riders.

Be responsible for your own safety. CAT buses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each night. Common places for people to touch (i.e. handrails, seat belts, etc.) are wiped down and disinfected after each trip, but it is impossible to catch everything. Take whatever precautions are necessary for you to feel safe.

Observe physical distance between yourself and others. Sit six feet apart from other passengers and remain seated throughout the trip. CAT will help to limit riders on vehicles, but you can help us by selecting a seat that keeps you at an appropriate distance from other riders.

Provide name and contact information. Riders will need to provide a name and contact information to get a ride to Portland. Should it be necessary, this information may be passed onto your local health department for contact tracing purposes.

To learn more about the times a trip can be scheduled please click here.

For comments, questions, or concerns please call (541) 386-4202 or email us at info@ridecatbus.org

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.

Contact: Amy Schlappi, Planning and Development Manager
Email: amy.schlappi@rideCATbus.org
Phone: (541) 386-4202