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Cascades East Transit is taking applications through Feb. 5 to serve on the committee.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Cascades East Transit is seeking members for its advisory committee.Cascades East Transit is accepting applications from interested community members serve on its Regional Public Transportation Advisory Committee. The RPTAC identifies transportation needs of each Central Oregon community, educates citizens about the value of public transportation and advocates for new and expanded services. The committee also provides a platform for citizens to provide comments about service expansions, reductions or alterations. Kim Curley, a current RPTAC member and Commute Options employee, said, "I love being on the committee to help plan for more people to ride the bus in Central Oregon. It's exciting to think about the future and be a part of the process. This is a great opportunity to get involved in all of the new transit services that are coming to our region."

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 5 and are available online in both English and Spanish on CET's website at http://www.cascadeseasttransit.com/about/rptac. Paper applications are also available at Hawthorne Station, 334 NE Hawthorne Ave., and at CET's office in Redmond, 343 E Antler Ave. The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council Board of Directors will review member applications and determine qualified candidates for appointments in spring of 2020.

RPTAC typically meets every other month in various locations across the region. The next RPTAC meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the COIC offices, 334 NE Hawthorne Ave., Bend.


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