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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



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

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.​

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. 

Contacts & Media

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Project Contact

Columbia Gorge Express Manager
Valerie Egon

Last Updated

9/4/2019 12:06 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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