Driver shortage forces CET to reduce frequency on fixed routes in Bend

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Due to current driver shortages, Cascades East Transit (CET) will operate Bend fixed-route weekday services on a reduced-frequency “Saturday schedule” beginning Monday.

Saturday schedule information for Bend routes can be accessed at www.cascadeseasttransit.com/Bend.

Bend and Rural Dial-A-Ride services and regional Community Connectors will continue to operate on regular schedules and service hours.

A Dial-A-Ride vehicle and driver will be available at Hawthorne Station (334 NE Hawthorne Ave.) during the weekdays between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to provide free rides to customers arriving by Community Connectors who need to reach their final destinations within Bend city limits.

All CET services are currently free to the public (except Ride the River and Lava Butte recreation services) and face coverings are required inside buses and transit facilities.

Route 10 in Bend will be suspended starting Monday until further notice, as that route does not operate on a Saturday schedule.

Route 11 serves a similar geography and can be utilized by passengers to make trips to and from destinations in Southwest Bend.

The following Route 10 stops will be temporarily closed starting Monday until further notice:

  • SW Simpson at SW Colombia
  • SW Simpson at Century Drive
  • SW Colorado at SW Columbia
  • SW Colorado at SW Simpson

Shifting Bend’s fixed-route services to Saturday schedules during the week allows CET to maintain geographic route coverage while reducing the amount of bus drivers needed per day to operate services.

CET is hopeful to return to regular fixed-route schedules in Bend in August when additional drivers are hired and trained.

Bus driver positions and application materials are posted at www.coic.org/careers and wages recently increased to $18 per hour.

CET apologizes for any inconveniences the service changes in Bend may cause for riders.

Please visit www.cascadeseasttransit.com or call CET’s call center at 541-385-8680 for service information and updates.

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