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New route will go between La Pine and Sunriver. Bend will see in increase in frequency; weekend services suspended.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Cascades East Transit is changing some routes due to COVID-19.Starting June 1, Cascades East Transit will launch Route 31—an employee-focused summer transit service between La Pine and Sunriver—and begin operating more frequent weekday schedules for Bend and regional Community Connector routes. Increased frequency along CET routes allows more options for physical distancing. All CET weekend services will remain suspended until further notice.

The Route 31 La Pine to Sunriver service is a Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund project aimed at filling existing transportation gaps and providing greater access to jobs and other essential services. The 2020 summer service will operate seven days per week from June 1 through September 7. Bus stops along Route 31 will be located at 4th and Huntington, St. Charles Family Clinic, and Wickiup Junction in La Pine and at the Library and Resort in Sunriver.

CET continues to follow Oregon Health Authority guidelines by disinfecting high-touch surfaces on buses and at facilities every four hours, requiring face coverings for drivers and passengers, temporarily suspending fare collection, posting maximum occupancy notices, and providing signage and visual cues on buses to encourage passengers to stand and sit at least 3 feet away from other passengers and 6 feet away from drivers.


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