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CC Rider to Provide New and Expanded Service along the

US Highway 30 Corridor


Columbia County Transit (CC Rider) has received funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Transit Division to initiate Inter-City service between Portland’s Union Station and the Astoria Transit Center. This new service is provided in cooperation with Sunset Empire Transit District.

This new service will provide two (2) round-trips between Portland and Astoria, seven (7) days per week. The new service is being identified as Line 7 – Lower Columbia Connector. Initiation of this new service has an impact on existing service in the US HWY 30 corridor involving adjustments to Line 1 – Downtown Portland, Line 4 – Clatskanie, and Line 5 – Kelso. The service adjustment include added service on all three lines, including a much desired 4:30 run out of downtown Portland on Line 1. Weekend service will also be available on all three lines. Service is expected to begin on Line 7 – Lower Columbia Connector on Saturday August 1, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael Ray, Transit Program Coordinator. Draft schedules showing the new service can be seen here:


‘CLICK’ on the following links to view the new schedules. Schedule will open in a new window.

DRAFT –  Line 1 – Portland -REVISED FINAL

DRAFT – Line 4 -Clatskanie -REVISED

DRAFT – Line 5 – Kelso -REVISED

DRAFT – Line 7 – Lower Columbia Connector – NEW


Scroll down for existing time schedules or click on the ‘Home – Routes, Schedules, Services, Info’ tab above and then choose the Routes & Schedules tab from the drop-down menu.


How much do you spend on driving?

There are  numerous websites which one can go to help you discover just how much money you are spending to drive. I have listed links to two below. The first is from AAA and while it is good for a very general understanding of the true cost of driving, it doesn’t factor in external and indirect costs such as road maintenance and emergency service cost, etc. The second is from a website which uses central California data, so it could be slightly higher than what we pay here in the Pacific NW, but it does a good job at trying to factor in numerous external/indirect costs. Also, the AAA calculator isn’t on-line fillable and doesn’t calculate cost based on various inputs. The second link does so beautifully; allowing you to try different combinations to see how reducing or increasing your mileage will affect your yearly costs.

I encourage you to use these two sites and scan the internet for other sites designed to help you figure out that driving a car; while expedient at times, can also be quite a bit more expensive than filling the tank.


The True Cost of Driving:


Looking to spend some time in Astoria, or anywhere on the Oregon Coast between Astoria and Newport?

Try the North by Northwest Connector, which will allow you to spend the weekend or longer at the beautiful northern Oregon coast

Everyone should take the bus!

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Quick links are also available below.

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Route & Schedule Quick Links

Line 1 – Downtown Portland

Line 2 – PCC Rock Creek

PCC Rock Creek Campus Pickup Location & Map

Line 3 – South County Flex 

Line 4 – Clatskanie

Line 5 – Kelso

Line 6 – Nehalem Valley



First Columbia County Public Transportation System

  Columbia County Rider History

In the mid 1970’s, Scappoose resident Dorothy Churchill and a select few intrepid volunteers, had a vision for a transportation program to serve Columbia County’s senior citizens. They put together some fund raisers and an old van or two, and Colco Transportation was born. Over the years, Colco grew to be the largest rural transportation program in the State of Oregon, serving not only the elderly, but also the disabled and general public. In 2003, Colco’s board of directors notified the Columbia County Commissioners that they would not be able to continue service, due to financial constraints, and they would be ceasing operations. The Board of Commissioners, knowing the severe negative impact this would have on the communities of the County, sprung into action, assigning then County Council, John Knight to construct a plan to save the public transit system. Needless to say, he did just that, and operating with sub-contractors, Columbia County Rider was born. In a short time, ridership grew, and the reins of the Columbia County Transit Division were turned over to Janet Wright, Director of Economic Development, and Commissioners Assistant. She leads the agency today as Transit Director. Today, as our county grows, Columbia County Rider continues to grow and add new services. Keep an eye on our web site for future routes and services, and please feel free to contact us if you have suggestions on how we can serve you better.

We’ve Come A Long Way From Our Beginnings

Comfortable, Modern Equipment & Friendly, Professional Drivers

Comfortable, Modern Equipment & Friendly, Professional Drivers


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