REDMOND, OR -- Cascades East Transit (CET) celebrates Redmond’s new transit hub with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Thursday.
It was originally supposed to open by January, then it was pushed to March. CET's Derek Hofbauer admits construction delays have been an issue, but he says it allowed extra time for more features, "We also wanted to have some enhancements, like getting in some landscaping, and we’re doing a waiting garden, as well." He tells KBND News the waiting garden is, "For passengers when they come and they have to transfer, they have an area to sit. And, it was better to do those in the springtime, when you can get the landscaping in and be able to finish everything up and be able to launch it."
It's located on SW Kalama, near Canal, between Fred Meyer and Lowe’s. Once it officially opens in early July, the center replaces the curbside bus stop at the Redmond library. Hofbauer says, "The library has been a great partner, but now we have a park and ride, public art, a waiting garden; we have a lot more passenger amenities – shelters, a covered bike rack, restrooms – that are all on our own facility. And, we also will have real-time arrival and departure signs." It also has dedicated bus parking for each route, which is said to improve safety and convenience for riders.
Thursday's ribbon cutting features brief remarks from local officials, funding partners and community members. "We’re celebrating that the facility is just in the stages of being completed. The event will be from 11 to 12:30 p.m. and it’ll be on Summer Solstice." Funding for the project was provided by Regional Solutions, Redmond Urban Renewal Agency, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), Oregon Community Foundation and an ODOT Connect Oregon grant.