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Transit cooperative passes milestone

Friday, March 2, 2018

The NW Connector, a partnership of transit districts in Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, passed 1.1 million bus miles in 2017, carrying more than 188,000 passengers.

“Riders are finding it easier to travel by bus when visiting the coast, going from the coast into the metropolitan areas for appointments, and commuting to work,” said Doug Pilant, general manager of the Tillamook County Transportation District. “Northwest Connector trips save money and the hassle of driving.”

But the NW Connector also is good for the state’s transportation system and environment, he said. Last year, passengers riding NW Connector saved an estimated 5 million in vehicle miles traveled, which translates into 1.3 tons of carbon dioxide, or greenhouse gas, emissions avoided.

Established in 2013, NW Connector is a regional transit system that has coordinated schedules between the five transit districts, allowing riders to travel from Astoria to Yachats, and between the coast and Portland, Salem and Corvallis.

The system includes an interactive website,, for transit trip planning and discounted three- and seven-day visitor passes.

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