On May 20, project partners and the media received a first-hand look of the new Columbia Gorge Express bus service and learned about the need for additional transit service in the area. Everyone will get their chance to ride the Express when the service launches May 27. Buses will take riders from Gateway Transit Center to Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls Friday through Sunday all summer long.
The service provides transportation options that help relieve severe parking and traffic congestion at Multnomah Falls, one of the most popular attractions in Oregon. The cost of a round trip is $5. Travelers also may park for free at Rooster Rock State Park and ride the shuttle at no charge to Multnomah Falls, a 10-minute ride, allowing vehicle drivers to avoid the overcrowded Falls parking lot.
The Columbia Gorge Express will:
- Ease congestion and the overcrowded parking lot at Multnomah Falls, which occasionally backs up onto eastbound Interstate 84.
- Offer an affordable and hassle-free way to visit Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls.
- Protect natural and cultural resources by reducing illegal parking on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
The service will have 12 departures a day from the Gateway Transit Center, the first at 8:45 a.m. The final bus of the day will leave Multnomah Falls at 6 p.m. Each bus will have rack space for three bicycles.