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News Release
Cherriots rolls out new buses with fresh look - 09/13/18

WHO:              Salem Area Mass Transit District and Congressman Kurt Schrader

WHAT:             Reception and ribbon cutting ceremony

WHEN:            2 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018

WHERE:          Keizer Transit Center

                        5860 Keizer Station Blvd.

DETAILS:        Cherriots and other public transit providers are the beneficiaries of the stalwart actions of federal and state legislators, who secured funding for new vehicles, infrastructure and expanded service.

                        In April, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Congressman Kurt Schrader, secured more than $6.5 million in Federal Transit Administration grant funding for Oregon’s public transit agencies. Of that amount, Cherriots received nearly $2.5 million to purchase six new buses.

In June, Oregon legislators passed Oregon House Bill 2017, which provides Cherriots a new funding source through a statewide employee payroll tax. The funding will allow Cherriots to significantly expand its service, including weekend, holiday, and later evening.

Several of the vehicles scheduled to be replaced are approaching 17 years of age, which far exceeds the 12-year useful life benchmark set by the Federal Transit Administration and the 15-year useful life benchmark established by the District’s transit asset management targets.

Cherriots expects to have 20 new vehicles arrive in time for the launch of expanded service in 2019; 12 buses for local (fixed-route) service; three buses for regional service; and five paratransit vehicles. At $8.4 million, this is the District’s largest equipment purchase in 15 years.

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