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Free service will make underserved parts of Clackamas Industrial Area more accessible

COURTESY GRAPHIC: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - This map shows the route of the shuttle through the Clackamas Industrial Area.Clackamas County Connects announced a new transit shuttle service on Wednesday, designed to fill transportation gaps and reduce traffic in neighborhoods of Oregon City and the Clackamas Industrial Area that public transit previously did not reach.

PMG PHOTO: JAELEN OGADHOH - Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas speaks in front of the new shuttle at Wednesday's event.Beginning July 12, these free, 12-seater shuttles will run two routes, transporting riders between regular TriMet stops, Oregon City and the Clackamas Industrial Area off Highway 212 that were not previously accessible by public transit.

As a further convenience, the two shuttles are a "deviated fixed-route" service, meaning that people who can't access the shuttles' routes or bus stops can arrange to be picked up or dropped off within three-quarters of a mile from the main route by calling the service one day in advance. People may also flag the shuttle down anywhere between stops to get on or off.

"We're really excited about this," said Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas. "We know there are underserved areas in Clackamas County still today, and our goal is to remedy that."

Oregon City's shuttle line will run every 90 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7:17 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning and ending at the Oregon City Shopping Center on McLoughlin Boulevard. It makes 15 total stops, including Clackamas Community College, Oregon City Public Library, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and more.

"We have needed this shuttle for a very long time," said Oregon City Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith. "If you have experienced our existing transit service in Oregon City, you will no doubt have noticed that the service is limited to a few central corridors."

PMG PHOTO: JAELEN OGADHOH - Oregon City Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith speaks in front of the new shuttle.

The Clackamas Industrial shuttle line will run every hour from 4:45 a.m. to 9:36 a.m. Monday through Sunday, and again at 1:30 p.m. to 8:21 p.m. on weekdays only, beginning and ending at Clackamas Town Center Transit Center, making nine stops in between.

"The majority of the riders of this shuttle are the backbone of the business community here in Clackamas County," Savas said. "They work in warehouses, doctor's offices, grocery stores and all small businesses. Clackamas County is a better place to live, work and play because of their dedicated work right here in our community."

Clackamas County Connects announced the new shuttles at a public event which culminated in a ceremonial send-off where attendees could take a ride around the block in one of the new shuttles.

The event included speeches from Savas, Lyles Smith, Clackamas County Social Services Director Brenda Durbin and Karyn Criswell, public-transportation administrator at the Oregon Department of Transportation.

"Transportation can be a huge barrier for so many county residents," Durbin said. "If they're trying to seek jobs or services or social opportunities, that last mile can be a huge barrier for so many. So that's why this service is going to be so important."

"This is 100 percent what it's all about: Getting transit service on the road to serve the community," Criswell added.COURTESY GRAPHIC: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - This map shows the route of the shuttle through Oregon City.

All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts, and all drivers have been trained to provide assistance. Priority seating is available for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and all buses welcome service animals.

For further information about the new shuttle service, including route maps and departure times, click here or call 971-358-0623.

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