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Project Details

Columbia Gorge Express

Planning Phase

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

​​The Columbia Gorge Express bus is a convenient, affordable travel option throgh the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. 

For schedule and ticket purchasing information, visit


Key Milestones

Pilot Service 2016-2017 Milestones:

  • The Columbia Gorge Express provided over 56,000 trips to and from Multnomah Falls over the course of two summers – about 529 trips per day of service.
  • Ridership grew 10 percent from 2016 to 2017.
  • Expanded to larger vehicles in 2017 to accommodate demand, and added real-time vehicle tracking to improve rider experience.
  • 99 percent of riders surveyed said they would recommend the Columbia Gorge Express to others.


  • ​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 in Portland with Multnomah Falls, Rooster Rock State Park Cascade Locks and Hood River, the Columbia Gorge Express bus provides a relaxing option for accessing some of the best the Gorge has to offer. ​

After operating on summer weekends in 2016 and 2017, the Gorge Express has expanded to daily, year-round service in 2018. The Express now makes stops in Cascade Locks and Hood River in addition to Multnomah Falls, providing more connections than ever in the Gorge. 

For schedule and ticket information, visit​​​


I-84 | Connects Gateway Transit Center in Portland with Rooster Rock State Park, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River

What Problem Will This Improve?

  • ​Lack of transit access and options to recreational destinations in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • 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

6/27/2018 1:39 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-2017-Survey-Data.pdfSummary of on-board survey responses from 2017.
Gorge-Transit-Near-Term-Service-Plan.pdfView the near-term service plan for the Columbia Gorge Express expansion.
Gorge-Transit-Spring-2018-Survey-data.pdfAnalysis of survey responses received in spring 2018 in reference to the planned expansion.

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