Getting to and from Corvallis and Albany on the bus will be a bit more convenient starting Saturday. What’s called the Coast to Valley Express will kick off Saturday with regular transit service between Newport and Corvallis/Albany five days a week with two round trips a day from each end. Service will run Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For specific schedules click here.
The expanded transit service is being funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant of $3.5 million through June of 2013. After that the service will have to find other funding. Rates are $10 one way for riders 12 years of age and up, $7 one way for children 11 and under, seniors over 60 and the disabled.
Lincoln County Transit Manager Cynda Bruce says the new service is intended to provide more convenient transit service between the coast and the valley with greater arrival and departure flexibility for coast residents bound for Corvallis Samaritan Hospital or to make connections at the Albany Amtrak Station and other public and private transit providers.
Private transit company Valley Retriever based in Newport has two runs a day to and from Corvallis (and points beyond). Valley Retriever’s schedule can be seen by clicking here.