City presents recommendation for transit system
The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners and the Newberg City Council held a joint work session March 19 where the city presented its recommendations for a local system as part of a county transit study. City officials said the goal is to recognize the need for an improved transit system in Newberg and to increase the ability of residents to use public transit as a way to get around with a starting and stopping point at a new transit center in downtown.
The county's transit development plan (TDP) is designed to provide strategic guidance to the Yamhill County Transit Area (YCTA). The plan is anticipated to cover a 20-year planning period and examine how existing urban and rural services can be enhanced and integrated to meet the needs of expected growth.
The council endorsed the draft plan's recommendation to establish a new transit center in Newberg. They suggested that it be located downtown to offer the opportunity for the Route 44 east/west commuter lines to stop at the transit center with revised schedules and local routes to be coordinated with the commuter line schedule.
The council proposal requested that the county consider purchasing a site and later, as a transit grant becomes available, the county sell its site to the Newberg transit fund.
The plan includes modifying current Routes 5 and 7 into a circle-eight shape, while using the existing buses to include stops at the transit center and into the four different areas in the city.
Route 1 will start at the transit center and continues toward the Chehalem Senior Center on Foothills Drive and then returns to the transit center.
Route 2 will begin at the transit center and heads north to Fulton Street, near Friendsview Retirement Community and George Fox University, then continues on to the Allison Hotel with a stop at A-dec Inc. on Mountainview Drive, then progresses to Newberg High School and the Chehalem Park and Recreation District aquatic center on Haworth Avenue, then back to the transit center.
Route 3 would leave the transit center and head toward Ewing Young Park on South Blaine Street, then to the waterfront, on toward Edward Elementary School and then return back to the transit center.
Route 4 will begin at the transit center and travel east toward Fulton Street and George Fox University and Friendsview, then continue toward the aquatic center, Springbrook Shopping Center, Fred Meyer, Providence Newberg Medical Center, the Newberg campus of Portland Community College and back to the transit center.
At present, the city has routes that serve connections along Highway 99W to McMinnville, Dundee, Sherwood and Tigard. The current routes occur in one-hour intervals in the mornings and peak hours and then two-hour intervals during mid-day. Normal bus hours varies depending on the route. Route 44 runs from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; Route 46s runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays; Route 45x runs once in the mornings and once in the evenings on weekdays; Routes 5 and 7 serves the Newberg area and runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively, on weekdays.