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Transit Service Approaches Pre-Pandemic Levels In Some Oregon Cities

Chris Lehman

Two Willamette Valley transit agencies are restoring most of the service that was cut this year because of the coronavirus.

As of Wednesday, Albany Transit had restored most of the routesand service it had before the pandemic.

And starting next Monday, the Cherriots bus system in Salem will be running 95 percent of the service it offered before the virus. At one point in late March, while battling a high rate of driver absences, Cherriots  shut down its service entirely for six service days.

Restoring the service to this level is "huge," wrote Cherriots board president Ian Davidson on Twitter.

Still, the pandemic caused the agency to indefinitely put on hold plans to begin service on Sundays, something it's never offered before.

More service is resuming in Eugene and Springfield next week, but a spokesperson for L-T-D says the agency will still be operating just two-thirds of the service it offered pre-COVID.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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