CC Rider Transportation announced its partnership with First Transit, a leading provider of transit management and contracting solutions. First Transit will begin managing driver operations of the county’s fixed route and dial-a-ride services on July 1, 2013, and aims to bring attention to customer service, system development and the overall CC Rider experience, particularly in light of the recent service reductions that took effect on April 1, 2013.
First Transit’s onsite Manager Joshua Fully commented, “First Transit looks forward to working with Columbia County staff as a partner in providing quality public transit services. We keep our customers at the heart of everything we do and are honored to provide service to the citizens of Columbia County.” First Transit looks forward to fulfilling the high standards of safety and service that Columbia County residents expect and deserve. Read More
The Columbia County Rider public transit service in planning to significantly reduce services they provide in certain areas of the county, including Vernonia, starting April 2, 2013.
Among the cuts to the Vernonia service are a reduction of the Dial-a-Ride (DAR) Service to two days a week and a reduction to the Nehalem Valley Route from five days to three days a week, with the elimination of the midday loop.
The reduction was announced to the Vernonia City Council at their meeting on March 18, 2013 in a report provided by Columbia County Transit Director Janet Wright. According to the report, reductions in service are necessary for three reasons:
-The County’s General Fund can no longer supplement the transit program’s operating costs.
-CC Rider does not generate enough revenue to match available grant allocations to support current service levels.
-The County must comply with a requirement to establish an operating reserve of 2.5 times their monthly expenses. Read More