Effective Friday, Dec. 1, Lincoln County Transit will commence all-new Sunday service to and from Waldport and Yachats, Sunday service on the Blue Line and restore Saturday service on the East County route. Also starting this Friday, the transit agency, in cooperation with Benton Area Transit, will change some stop times on the Coast to Valley Express to ensure passengers can catch the train out of Albany. This is the first time Lincoln County Transit has ever offered Sunday service on the South County and Blue Line routes. The agency previously provided Saturday service on the East County route but discontinued it due to decreased ridership during the COVID pandemic.
Saturday and Sunday service will have the same stop locations and times as weekday
buses. “We’re so excited to offer these new options to our riders and bring back a service
previously enjoyed by our east county customers,” said Cynda Bruce, director of Lincoln
County Transit. Bruce said the expanded service was possible thanks to two factors:
increased demand and newly hired drivers. “When we were working on the transit plan, Sunday service was one of the things most requested by the public, so we’re delighted to be able to respond in this way,” Bruce said.
While the agency’s driver roster has been expanded, permitting this expansion in services,
more drivers are still needed, Bruce said. She said hiring a few more should allow them to
kick off the new Waldport Loop route. Lincoln County Transit received a $224,640 grant
from the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2021 to fund the city circuit, but it’s been
unable to run the service without sufficient staff. Driver applications can be found at tinyurl.com/LCTransitApply. The county offers free training, competitive pay and benefits. Route and fare information can be found on the county website at co.lincoln.or.us/361/Transit.