BEND, OR -- Cascades East Transit's 2013 Mast Plan needs updating. The agency is now working on a transit plan to take it through 2040. There was a first round of open house events in January, but CET Senior Planner Andrea Breault says six more are scheduled for this month, "The first set, in January, was to get some general feedback on what the public thought in terms of expansion of services. The second round is bringing project ideas, and narrowing the scope." She adds, "An expansion could be expanded service hours of the day, or expanded service meaning we've never provided service to a particular area, or it can mean weekend service, or it could also mean increased frequency."
Breault tells KBND News hearing from people who actually use the service, managed by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, is invaluable, "What I'm really eager to hear back is details to help me understand how the service will be most used." The first of the next round of open house meetings is Tuesday in Sisters. Breault says events will also take place across the region because every county could be impacted by state transportation improvement dollars that are up for grabs, "All three counties, as well as the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs, will be applying; and we'll be helping those counties apply for those funds and ask for specific expansion of services." Click HERE for a complete schedule of CET open houses.
The data will be compiled and Breault expects a final draft of the Master Plan will be complete and available later this spring.