Salem-Keizer Transit

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Salem-Keizer Transit
Cherriots logo.svg
Cherriots 1402 at Courthouse Square, Salem.jpg
Salem's Courthouse Square Transit Mall
Founded 1979
Headquarters 550 Court Street NE, Salem
Service area Salem and Keizer, Oregon
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 21
Fleet 64
Fuel type Diesel, CNG (Natural Gas)

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 19 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 Downtown Transit Center 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.

In 2015, Cherriots started a "Moving Forward" plan which made new routes. On certain routes, (i.e. Route 1) run every 15 minutes. Others, (i.e. 5/5A) buses run every 15 minutes on trunk part of route, and every 30 minutes on branch parts of the route (Red routes). Then, some routes (i.e. 8/8A) run every 30 minutes on trunk, and every 60 minutes on branch (Blue routes). Standard routes are every 60 minutes (Gray routes). Click here to see new map

Cherriots is currently pushing for weekend service, and evening service.

New Gillig CNG buses to replace old and aging Orion VII buses are currently on order.

Cherriots maintains a fleet of 64 buses, which carries over 10,000 weekday trips. Cherriots uses Gillig clean diesel buses along with 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 N River Rd

21 S Commercial

  • 2 Market / Brown
  • 3 Portland Rd
  • 4/14 State / Lancaster
  • 5/15 Edgewater / Center
  • 6 Wallace/ Fairview Industrial
  • 7 Mission / State
  • 8/18 12th / Liberty
  • 9/19 Cherry / Parkmeadow
  • 10 Lansing / Hawthorne
  • 11 Lancaster / Lansing
  • 12 Haysville Drive
  • 13 Silverton Rd
  • 14 Windsor Ave
  • 15X Airport Rd Park & Ride Express
  • West Salem Connector
  • 1X Wilsonville / Salem Express
  • 2X Grand Ronde / Salem Express
  • 10 CARTS Woodbury / Salem
  • 20 CARTS Silverton / Salem
  • 30 CARTS Canyon Connector / Salem
  • 40 CARTS Polk County / Salem
  • 50 CARTS Dallas / Salem Express
  • 25 CARTS North Marion Flex
  • 35 CARTS Canyon Flex
  • 45 CARTS Polk Flex
Cherriots Downtown Transit Center

Source: Cherriots.[3]


Fares Adult /
Full Fare
Reduced &
One Way $1.60 $0.80
Day Pass $3.25 $1.50
30-Day Pass $45 $22.50
Summer Youth Pass none $40
Annual Pass $540 $270
One Way $2.25 $1.50
Day Pass $4.50 $3
Month Pass $60 $30
Universal Month Pass* $85 $42.50
One Way $3 $1.50
Day Pass none none
Universal Month Pass* $85 $42.50
One Way $3 $1.50
Day Pass $6 $3
Month Pass $85 $42.50
  • Universal Month Pass Good on 1X, CARTS, and Cherriots.

More information

Cities served by Cherriots[edit]

A 1980s RTS Bus, now retired


  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. 
  3. ^

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