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Columbia Gorge Express

Planning Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Hood River, Portland, Multnomah)

​​The Columbia Gorge Express is a convenient, reliable and fun way to get from Portland to Multnomah Falls by bus. 

For schedule and ticket purchasing information, visit ​​


Key Milestones

Pilot Service 2016 Milestones:

  • ​Over 18 weekends between May and September, which included 54 days and 3 federal holidays, the Columbia Gorge Express provided approximately 30,000 trips to and from Multnomah Falls
  • On average, 94 people boarded at Gateway Transit Center each day of operation, and an average of 235 people boarded at Rooster Rock between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • The service was particularly popular on holiday weekends—about 775 riders boarded at Rooster Rock on Sunday, July 3, 2016


  • ​November 2015 - February 2016 Public and Stakeholder Input Gathered​
  • February - April 2016 Service alternatives development and analysis
  • Summer 2016 - Pilot Service Implementation
  • Summer 2017 - Second year of the Columbia Gorge Express



Linking Gateway Transit Center with Multnomah Falls and Rooster Rock State Park, the Columbia Gorge Express bus provides a relaxing option for accessing some of the best the Gorge has to offer. ​

Weekends from the end of May to September and holidays, take the Columbia Gorge Express to Multnomah Falls. The shuttle is free from Rooster Rock State Park (there is a park day-use permit fee) and $5 from the Gateway Transit Center.

For schedule and ticket purchasing information, visit​


I-84 | Connects Gateway Transit Center in Portland with Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls

What Problem Will This Improve?

  • ​Lack of transit access and options to recreational destinations in the Columbia River Gorge and between East Multnomah County 
  • Limited mobility and safety for travel in the Gorge
  • Congestion and limited parking capacity at Multnomah Falls
  • Damage to natural and cultural resources due to illegal parking and congestion

Additional Information

For more information, visit​. If you have questions or comments, send an email to the Columbia Gorge Express team. 

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Project Contact

Project Manager
Jake Warr

Last Updated

12/13/2017 3:39 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Gorge-Transit-Study-Final-Report-Appendix.pdfAppendix to Gorge Transit Study Final Report
Gorge-Transit-Study-Final-Report.pdfPublished May 2016. Includes document review, review of existing services, market analysis, pilot service plan, near-term service plan, and funding strategy.
Gorge-Transit-Study-Existing-Conditions-and-Market-Analysis-Report.pdfPublished March 2016. This report reviews relevant planning documents, describes the existing conditions of transit in the Columbia River Gorge, and analyzed the market for future transit utilizing stakeholder and <br>general public feedback.
Gorge-Transit-Study-Factsheet-May2016.PDFGorge Transit Study project update from May 2016
Gorge-Transit-Study-Factsheet-March2016.pdfGorge Transit Study project update from March 2016
Gorge-Transit-Study-Existing-Conditions-and-Market-Analysis-Report-Appendix.PDFAppendix to Gorge Transit Study Existing Conditions and Market Analysis Report
Gorge-Transit-Study-Factsheet-December2015.pdfGorge Transit Study project update from December 2015

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