When the Newport City Council learned recently that their then City Manager Jim Voetberg was zeroing out city support for the Lincoln County transit loop through Newport, they asked him why? He replied, “Because only a few tourists ride it. It’s not worth it.”
To their credit, the city council was soon rid of that idea and was searching for a new city manager because in the interim Mr. Voetberg secured employment elsewhere. End result, the Newport Loop by Lincoln County Transit is alive and well – not only in Newport but also with its counterpart in Lincoln City. That’s because the Lincoln City City Council also views local transit as a valuable element in the community and unanimously Monday night approved continued funding for their local bus loop, called “LINC.” In his budget message City Manager David Hawker wrote, “The city provides a partial subsidy for this important service. Some of the benefits include contributing to our sustainability and tourism efforts, cost savings for residents, an essential service for those who don’t, or can’t drive, and makes our city library, community center and skateboard park available to the youth of Lincoln City.”
Fortunately for Newport city bus riders, the Newport City Council was thinking along those same lines.
Here’s how LINC ridership has grown 2008-2012 in Lincoln City:
Meanwhile, the Lincoln City City Council Monday learned that there are some schedule changes coming up for LINC riders.
* There will be overall changes in bus stop times.
* Changes to the names of some bus stops, like the former Bi-Mart stop is now called Lighthouse Square.
* Addition of two stops, the Chinook Winds Casino and the new Bi-Mart location, making for 29 stops throughout the city.
* Some stops are now designated as “On Call/As Needed,” and they include, Northbound: Rainbow Villas, Orsborn Saw, Medical Center at West Devils Lake Road. Southbound: SW Ebb at Highway 101. This change means that riders will need to request pick-up at these locations.
Bus schedules can be downloaded from the city’s website, www.LincolnCity.org, also from the Lincoln County Transit website at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/transit. Schedules can also be obtained from bus drivers and at the City Hall Information Desk on the third floor. You may also call Lincoln County Transit at 541-265-4900.