Salem-Keizer Transit

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Salem-Keizer Transit
Cherriots logo.png
Salem's Courthouse Square Transit Mall
Founded 1979
Headquarters 555 Court Street NE, Salem
Service area Salem and Keizer, Oregon
Service type bus service, paratransit

Salem-Keizer Transit, branded and popularly known as Cherriots (due to Salem's "Cherry City" sobriquet) and more formally the Salem Area Mass Transit District, is a public agency that operates mass transit in the metropolitan area of Salem and Keizer, Oregon, United States. Cherriots provides the region's bus system and CherryLift paratransit service required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It has operated mass transit in the Salem area since 1979.

General information[edit]

Cherriots currently operates Monday through Friday. There are 22 bus routes within Salem and Keizer and 2 express bus routes to Grand Ronde and Wilsonville. The Wilsonville express route is partially operated by SMART and connects with TriMet of Portland. Cherriots connects at Salem Transit Mall with Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System (CARTS),[1] which provides bus service connecting Salem to destinations as far north as Woodburn, as far west as Dallas, and to the east to Silverton and up the Santiam Canyon to Mill City.

Most Cherriots bus routes radiate from the Transit Mall around Courthouse Square in downtown Salem between High and Church Streets, or the Glen Creek Transit Center in West Salem between Glen Creek and Taybin Roads. A new transit center in Keizer [2] was opened on July 1, 2013.

In 2009, Cherriots routes underwent major changes due to funding limitations. Service hours were reduced and Saturday service was eliminated. The removal of Saturday service left much of the population without weekend transport; it is a serious problem for many citizens. At the same time, Cherriots redesigned many of its routes to provide better service within funding levels.

Cherriots maintains a fleet of 64 buses, which carries over 10,000 weekday trips. Cherriots uses mainly Gillig clean diesel buses along with several Orion VII buses powered by compressed natural gas. All buses are ADA accessible and have bike racks on the front that can accommodate up to two bicycles at a time.

Route list[edit]

  • 1 South Commercial
  • 2 D St / Brown Rd
  • 3 Portland Rd / CCC
  • 4 Keizer Station Express
  • 5 Center St
  • 6 12th & Battlecreek
  • 7 Fairview Ind Park
  • 8 Liberty Rd S
  • 9 River Rd N / Parkmeadow
  • 10 Wallace Rd Loop
  • 11 Lancaster Dr
  • 12 Edgewater Loop
  • 13 Silverton / Brown Rd
  • 14 Cherry Ave / KROC Center
  • 15 Keizer Station / CCC
  • 16 State St
  • 17 Market St
  • 18 Windsor Island Loop
  • 19 River Rd N / Keizer Station
  • 20 17th St / CCC
  • 21 Rees Hill Loop
  • 25 West Salem / Downtown
  • 1X To Wilsonville
  • 2X To Grande Ronde


Cities served by Cherriots[edit]

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  1. ^ Welcome to CARTS Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Cherriots Opens Transit Center in Keizer, OR". Passenger Transport. American Public Transportation Association. July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 

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