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Bus will add stops in Cascade Locks and Hood River this summer, ODOT is asking for input on program

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - No parking spaces? No problem. Take the Columbia Gorge Express bus to get a nature fix. The wildly-popular Columbia Gorge Express bus service is expanding this year, and the agency that runs the bus line is asking for people's opinion on how it can make the service better.

The Express, which shuttles people to fun spots in the Gorge, is gearing up for its third season. It's adding stops in Cascade Locks and Hood River. It will continue its original stops at Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls.

The Columbia Gorge Express service starts at the south end of the bus bay at the Gateway Transit Center in Portland.

Beginning in June, the bus will run more days than last year and there will be better scheduling, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Service for the 2018 season kicks off Friday, May 25, the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend.

More information on ticket prices, scheduling and locations of the new stops will be available on the Express web page www.columbiagorgeexpress.com in May, closer to the opening date of the season.

Gorge Express buses are wheelchair accessible, and each bus can accommodate up to three bicycles.

The service has been well-received by those who don't want to fight for parking spots in the Gorge and by those who don't have cars.

The Express is asking for people's ideas of how to improve the service in a questionnaire that runs through April 11. Take the 10-minute survey https://survey.participate.online/s3/CGE-2018

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