Sandy Area Metro
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One SAM route provides service between Sandy and the Portland suburb of Gresham, where riders can use TriMet to travel to most of the Portland metropolitan area. A new route between Sandy and Eagle Creek, where riders can also connect with TriMet to go to Estacada, started on July 2, 2003. Now, the route continues on to the city.
Rides on the Sandy–Gresham and Sandy–Estacada routes cost $1 each way. Rides on the STAR on-demand route, which runs through the side streets of Sandy cost $0.50, and that route is partially funded by a federal grant. Riders wishing to view Mount Hood can ride the Mountain Express, which stops at various places along Highway 26 going towards the mountain. That fare is $1.00 for a one-way ticket.
SAM was created after the city successfully petitioned TriMet to be removed from the TriMet district in the late 1990s. The name was chosen in July 1999, and service began operating on January 4, 2000. The local transit provider gave its one-millionth ride on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006.
- Sandy–Gresham Express
- Briggs, Kara (December 29, 1998). "Sandy gets Tri-Met OK for own transit system". The Oregonian.
- "City names bus system SAM, but it won't roll until Jan. 3" (July 8, 1999). The Oregonian.
- "Riders express happiness as free bus service starts" (January 5, 2000). The Oregonian (Washington County editions).