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February 13, 2016 8:30 am

A significant landslide has closed Highway 30, east of Rainier. CC Rider has suspended Line 7 between St Helens and Rainier and Line 5 between Rainier and Longview/Kelso, as both buses are trapped on the St Helens side of the slide. Watch this page and/or Facebook for any changes to this situation.


Announcing Availability of Request for Proposals

Columbia County and CC Rider have issued an RFP for the provision of Operator, Preventative Maintenance and Dispatch services for CC Rider. All information required to submit a proposal is included in the RFP. Click on the link below to access the RFP and the Exhibits.



New Fares between Rainier and Longview/Kelso and between Columbia City and St Helens! Effective January 14, 2016!

Effective January 14, 2016, the fares on said segments will drop to only $2.00 per boarding. The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved the rate reduction at their Board Meeting/Public Hearing this morning.

If you take Line 4 – Clatskanie between Columbia City and St Helens, you will now pay only $2.00 instead of the previous rate of $5.00. You can also get a transfer to Line 3 – South County Flex to continue on to Scappoose or anywhere we serve in St Helens. If you take Line 5 – Kelso between Rainier and anywhere in Longview and Kelso, WA which we serve, the fare is only $2.00 per boarding instead of the previous rate of $6.00.

Get on board!



Line 1 bus stop location in Linnton changed!

If you board CC Rider in Linnton, at the Subway Restaurant, at approximately HWY 30 and NW 113th Ave, the stop has moved 2-blocks east to NW 111th Avenue. This location is between the Arco Gas Station and the House of Pipes retail store. Trimet graciously allowed us to place a CC Rider emblem on their bus stop sign for their Line 16.

The new stop has a bench for sitting and is better aligned with the east bound transit stop across the highway at NW 112th Avenue (CC Rider also shares this stop with Trimet).

CC Rider values its growing relationship with Trimet and we thank them for allow us to use their infrastructure where we share common routes. This sharing of stops where possible, will allow CC Rider to use our limited budget to better allocate CC Rider bus stop signs where we are the only provider.


CLICK on the Regional Weather tab above for information concerning CC Rider operations during inclement weather.

Rainier Transit Center Design Concept Challenge!

Challenge begins December 1, 2015. Submissions are due by March 31, 2016, with winner selected on or before May 2, 2016. Registration opens November 15, 2015.

If you are a student of architecture at Portland State University, University of Oregon – Portland Center, or an architectural design and drafting student at Portland Community College – Sylvania, you should seriously consider entering the CC Rider Design Concept Challenge for our New Rainier Transit Center.

Go to the Rainier Transit Center Design Concept Challenge tab at the top of this page to enter. There you will find a poster advertising the event; a link to the Official Challenge Rules; and an entry/registration form, which you can fill out on line and send directly to CC Rider.

All participants will receive free transit passes to visit the site, recognition by Columbia County Rider Transit and Columbia County. The winning design Concept will also receive a cash prize and round-trip tickets for a three-day visit to the North Oregon Coast!


Minor Adjustment to Line 1 – Downtown Portland, Line 2 – PCC Rock Creek, and Line 6 – Nehalem Valley

Line 1 – Downtown Portland: The stop at SW Salmon at SW 14th (Lincoln High School) will move to coincide with the Trimet stop for Line 15 and 51. Beginning immediately if you wish to board or exit the CC Rider bus you will do so at the Trimet stop.

Line 2 – PCC Rock Creek and Line 6 – Nehalem Valley: New Tanasbourne southbound stop at SW 185th and Cornell Rd. This stop will be co-located with the Trimet stop for Line 52.

Northbound will remain the same, but will have a new CC Rider sticker on the existing Trimet Line 52 sign.


Look for these CC Rider stop identifiers:

CC RiderDecal Line 1

CC Rider Decal Line 2 and 6


Line 4 – Clatskanie Service Adjustment


To schedule a pick up along HWY 30 on Saturday or Sunday in Alston Corner, Prescott, Goble and Deer Island, PLEASE CALL Sunset Empire Transit District at 1-503-861-5041. Sunset Empire handles all dispatching on Saturdays and Sundays for CC Rider. You can also contact CC Rider Dispatch at 503-366-0159 before 6:30 pm Mondays – Fridays, to schedule a weekend pick up in Alston Corner, Prescott, Goble and Deer Island. (only for CC Rider weekend service)


Service to Clatskanie, Rainier Transit Center and St Helens Transit Center will not change except for times.

Route and Schedule Quick Links

Check out CC Rider’s NEW SCHEDULES and our NEW LINE 7 – Lower Columbia Connector! We now offer 7-day a week service on four of our routes: Line 1, Line 4, Line 5, and Line 7!

Line 1 – Downtown Portland

Line 2 – PCC Rock Creek

Line 3 – South County Flex

Line 4 – Clatskanie

Line 5 – Kelso

Line 6 – Nehalem Valley

Line 7 – Lower Columbia Connector

If you have any questions or concerns, Please contact Michael Ray at CC Rider – 503-366-8505

(Please call Dispatch 503-366-0159 on Saturday and Sunday).

For Dial-A Ride and general trip planning information, please call CC Rider Dispatch at 503-366-0159.

Ahora, los horarios en ¡español!

Línea 1 – Downtown Portland

Línea 2 – PCC Rock Creek

Línea 3 – South County Flex

Línea 4 – Clatskanie

Línea 5 – Kelso

Línea 6 – Nehalem Valley

Línea 7 – Lower Columbia Connector

¿Preguntas? email Michael Ray a:

Para Dial-A-Ride y para información general sobre planificar su viaje, llame al despecho de CC Rider: 503-366-0159.

(Por favor llame al despacho: 503-366-0159 el sábado y el domingo)

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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Please Note: The schedules, routes, and other information are now available from the drop-down located on the “home” button.
Quick links are also available above.

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We’re Growing! Check out our ridership figures for  July 2013 – June 2014

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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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