Fleet and parking

Smart commuter program 

DAS offers the smart commuter program to encourage employees to use alternative modes of transportation in their commute. The goal is to reduce traffic volume and parking demand, improve air quality, and reward the efforts of state employees who leave their cars at home. To qualify, an employee must commute to work by public transit, rail, vanpool, commuter bus, bicycle or walk from home or from a park and ride lot more than half of their workdays each month. Permanent, temporary and contracted state employees may participate in the program.   
 
Employees who lease parking in a private or public lot or who are participants in a carpool or participate in a carpool with assigned parking in a city of Salem carpool area are not eligible for the smart commuter program.   
 
Program benefits:  
  • Occasional parking permits - Participants who work in the Salem capitol mall parking area or at the Portland state office building receive parking permits valid for two days each month. The permits allow all day parking in Salem at the capitol mall parking structure two hour parking meters; green lot, red lot, yellow lot and Ferry Street structure rooftop unreserved spaces; and at the Portland state office building park and pay spaces. Valid location maps for smart commuter permits​​ 
 
  • Guaranteed ride home - Salem participants only. Salem-Keizer Transit, Cherriots ​Rideshare office offers an emergency ride home to a wide geographic area, available through many state agencies. Contact Cherriots Rideshare for details at 503-371-7665, or outside Salem at 888-323-7665.
 
 
If you have questions, contact the parking office at state.parking@oregon.gov​ or 503-378-5090.
Cherriots bus schedules and route maps at Salem-Keizer Transit.
Additional commuting resources at Cherriots Rideshare​.
 

Transit pass - Salem 

 
State employees may purchase a monthly bus pass from Salem-Keizer Transit using a pre-tax deduction from their paycheck. To enroll, complete a transit pass application and send it to your agency payroll office. Your agency payroll office will send the pass to you each month. View transit pass application​.
 
You may also buy a monthly bus pass from Cherriots at one of the following locations: 
  • ​Cherriots downtown information office, 285 Church St. NE
  • Roth's Family Markets: Keizer, Lancaster, Sunnyslope, Vista, West Salem
  • Chemeketa Community College bookstore
  • The Keyhole, Lancaster Mall
 
Cherriots bus schedules and route maps at Salem-Keizer Transit.
Additional commuting resources at Cherriots Rideshare.
 
 

To Salem from nearby communities 

 
 

Portland to Salem 

 
SMART (South Metro Area Regional Transit) provides service from Portland to Salem. SMART goes as far north as the Barbur Blvd. Transit Center and connects directly with the Route 1X to Salem. View more information on the SMART website​.
 

Transit pass - Portland

 
State employees working in Portland can purchase a monthly Tri-Met or C-Tran bus pass by pre-tax deduction from their paycheck. View transit pass application​.
 
Bus schedule information for Tri-Met or C-Tran buses.
 
Several state agencies have agreements with Tri-Met for their employees. Agency contacts: 
  • ​Environmental Quality, Nina DeConcini, 503-229-6271
  • Consumer & Business Services, Workers' Compensation, Donna Singer, suite 340, 971-673-0900
  • Geology & Mineral Industries, Tove Larsen, suite 965, 971-673-1549
  • Human Services, Public Health Division, PSOB, Catherine Moyer, 971-673-1132
  • Parks & Recreation, Teresa Moritz, 503-986-0658
  • Employment, Annamarie Kelly, 503-947-1287
 
 

Salem to Portland 

 
SMART (South Metro Area Regional Transit) provides service from Portland to Salem. SMART goes as far north as the Barbur Blvd. Transit Center and connects directly with the Route 1X to Salem. View more information on the SMART website​.
 
 

Transit pass - Eugene

 
State employees working in Eugene can purchase a monthly Lane Transit bus pass by pre-tax deduction from their paycheck. View transit pass application​.
More information at Lane Transit​.
 
 

Carpools and vanpools

 
Priority space assignments and monthly parking fee discounts are offered to carpool groups working within the qualifying boundaries in Salem or Portland listed below: 
  • ​To qualify in Salem: All participants must work within the city of Salem bounded by Market St. on the north, 17th St. on the east, Mission St. on the south, and the Willamette River on the west.
  • To qualify in Portland: All participants must work within the city of Portland bounded by Hoyt St. on the north, the Willamette River on the east, and I-405 on the south and west; or within the Lloyd District bounded by Broadway on the north, NE 16th on the east, I-84 on the south and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. on the west.
 
All participants must be employees -- not students -- but do not have to all work for the state of Oregon; participants may be family members.
 
Contact the parking office at 503-378-5090 to apply for carpool parking. Fill out a carpool certification form​ to register your carpool and receive the discount.
 
Carpool matching and other commuting resources at Cherriots Rideshare.
Vanpool information at Valley Vanpool.
Cherriots bus schedules and route maps at Salem-Keizer Transit
 
 

Park and rides 

 
Airport Rd
 
Park free in the park and ride lot at the intersection of Airport Rd and Ryan Dr and ride the bus to the capitol mall. A bus pass or payment of fare is required for this route. View the route 7 schedule and route map at Salem-Keizer Transit.
 
Northeast 
 
Park free in the park and ride lot at Market St. and Hawthorne and ride the bus to the capitol mall. A bus pass or payment of fare is required for this route. View the route 17 schedule and route map at Salem-Keizer Transit.
Additional commuting resources available at Cherriots Rideshare.
 
 

Bicycle rooms and lockers 

 
Secure bicycle room locations: 
  • Salem - Capitol mall parking structure, Human Services building, North mall office building, Revenue building and Agriculture building
  • Portland - Portland state office building 
 
Bicycle locker locations: 
  • Salem - Revenue building, Employment building, Ferry Street parking structure, North mall office building, Public Utility Commission building and the Supreme Court building
Contact the parking office at 503-378-5090 for rental information.
 
Free bicycle racks are located at most state office buildings and parking lots in the capitol mall area. Salem capitol mall area bicycle parking location map​.
 
 
Cherriots buses have bicycle racks so you can bike and bus conveniently. See route information at Salem-Keizer Transit.
 
Additional commuting options available at Cherriots Rideshare and ODOT Public Transit​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 
 

Cherriots Rideshare

 
​​​​​​Carpool matching and other commuting resources are available at Cherriots Rideshare​.
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Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Monday - Friday (closed on state holidays)