Public transit is an option for people who cannot drive, and it is a great alternative for people who choose not to drive. Oregon is an environmentally conscious state and many people prefer to take public transit as a way of doing their part to help protect the environment. Also, many transit districts within the state offer travel training, a service that teaches individuals how to use the local transit system.
ODOT's Public Transit Trip Plans and Travel
page provides multiple resources for traveling without the use of an automobile, including links to:
- For Portland Metro public transportation visit TriMet. Many seniors and people with disabilities use regularly scheduled transit options. TriMet also offers Medical Transportation and LIFT Paratransit Service for those eligible. A nonprofit organization called Ride Connection also offers a number of services including travel training to use the public transportation system, as well as coordination of additional shuttle services
- TripCheck Transportation Options (Oregon Department of Transportation's one-stop shop for information on traveling in the state, including information on buses, light rail, dial-a-ride, taxis, commuter trains, shuttles, special accommodations for wheelchairs and bicycles, a map and timetable of all statewide transit connections, weather and construction updates, cameras showing areas throughout the state, and more)
- Rideshare/Vanpool Resources
- Google Transit
- ODOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
You may also call (800) 977-ODOT (6368) or dial 511 within Oregon for road conditions and highway closure updates. Aging & Disability Resource Connection of Oregon
The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon Web site
allows users to search for services including transportation. Once you click on your county and then on the service you need, a list of available resources in your area is displayed. The site searches for a variety of transportation alternatives including car sharing programs, disability and paratransit transportation, bus services, medical transportation, and transportation expense assistance. The site also has a self assessment section that allows users to assess what other type of services that may be available to them based on their needs. You can do the assessment for yourself, a family member, or a friend. Oregon 2-1-1Oregon 2-1-1
is an easy to remember three-digit dialing code that enables a caller to access a number of health and human service programs throughout Oregon. The corresponding Web site
includes a Community Resources Database which has information on transportation options throughout the state. Taxi
The Taxicab, Limousine, and Para Transit Association Web site
allows users to search available transportation services in their state.