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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 through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. 

For schedule and ticket purchasing information, visit​



The Columbia Gorge Express provided a convenient, affordable travel option through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Now, year-round bus service will be provided through Columbia Area Transit. 

  • The Columbia Gorge Express began as a pilot project by ODOT operating on summer weekends in 2016 and 2017 between Portland, Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls. 
  • The Columbia Gorge Express expanded to daily, year-round service in 2018, with added stops in Cascade Locks and Hood River. 
  • In late 2019, Columbia Area Transit (CAT) assumed service for the Columbia Gorge Express bus service between Portland, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River, with additional service to The Dalles. 
  • ODOT did not operate the shuttle program between Multnomah Falls and Rooster Rock State Park in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. ODOT intends to resume shuttle service between Gateway Transit Center, Rooster Rock State Park, and Multnomah Falls in 2022. ​
  • For schedule and ticket information for the year-round bus service between Portland and The Dalles, visit​
  • For schedule and ticket information for the summer shuttle (May to September) between Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls, visit​ ​​​


I-84 | Connects Gateway Transit Center in Portland with Rooster Rock State Park (summer only), Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, Hood River and The Dalles

Cost and Funding

The Columbia Gorge Express is funded through a combination of federal and state public transportation funds, including funding through the Federal Lands Access Program and Statewide Transportation Improvement Funds.​ 


The Columbia Gorge Express has always been easiest way through the Gorge. Now, under CAT's operations, Columbia Gorge Express riders will benefit from the following improvements:
  • Increased service frequency between Portland, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, and Hood River.
  • Additional connections to The Dalles, better synchronization with CAT’s local routes, and improved coordination with other regional transit providers the Gorge.
  • More streamlined information on schedules, stops, and customer service.

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 Americans with Disabilities Act or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations or more information call Dial-a-Ride and CAT at 541-386-4202 or email

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Columbia Gorge Express Manager
Valerie Egon

Last Updated

8/19/2021 3:47 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Gorge-Transit-2017-Survey-Data.pdfSummary of on-board survey responses from 2017.
Gorge-Transit-Spring-2018-Survey-data.pdfAnalysis of survey responses received in spring 2018 in reference to the planned expansion.
Gorge-Transit-Near-Term-Service-Plan.pdfView the near-term service plan for the Columbia Gorge Express expansion.
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.
Performance-Report-Card-Executive-Summary-CGEI84.pdf10-page summary of CGE Performance Report Card for service from 2016-2019
2019-Survey-Data-Analysis-CGEI84.xlsxSurvey data and analysis from 2019
Performance-Report-Card-2016-2019-CGEI84.pdfIn depth evaluation of service performance from 2016-2019