Corvallis Transit System - CTS

1.1 million

annual rides


students served by CTS


service hours provided in 2015

Scroll down to learn about Corvallis Transit System's Better Transit goals, service enhancements and impacts, and to hear local stories of how Better Transit would impact the people of this community.

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CTS provides public transportation to a growing population in the Central Willamette Valley, and serves one of Oregon's major public institutions in Oregon State University. CTS has identified the following goals to meet the current and future needs of the Corvallis area.

Make Transit a Lifestyle Choice

Make it easier for students and employees throughout the region to access OSU and jobs by increasing the frequency and service hours of transit.

Promote a Healthy Environment

Help OSU and the City of Corvallis meet their goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by getting more people walking, biking and taking transit


Serve the Transit Dependent

Provide better access to health and employment services for those with disabilities, the elderly, and Corvallis’ lowest-income residents.



With Better Transit, Corvallis Transit System could improve service everywhere it operates. It could increase frequency, operate for longer hours, and provide more trips on the weekend. 

Note: All proposed Better Transit Service enhancements are contingent on the availability of additional transit funding


  1. Increase frequency throughout the system – Provide better access to students, the transit dependent, and choice riders.
  2. Increase frequency on route to Philomath – Provide better access to students, the transit dependent, and choice riders.
  3. Provide Sunday service on all routes – Provide better access to students, the transit dependent, and choice riders.
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ACCESS TO JOBS 38% more jobs within 30 minutes of Downtown
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FREQUENT TRANSIT 26% more frequent transit stops
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MORE SERVICE 75% increase in total service hours
“We have a lot of students who, because of income and access to financial resources, don’t have an option to bring a vehicle. Their reliance on CTS is critical.
— Brandon Trelstad, OSU Sustainability Coordinator

Meet Aleita Hass-Holcombe

“Transit is essential to the people that I work with”

Aleita works for the Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center, and she works with a wide variety of homeless residents, people in poverty, and people with mental health issues. While most people take for granted that they have places to be, for her clients, getting to work or a job interview is something they plan their whole day around. Most of her clients are unable to afford a car, and the bus is their only way to get around. Without CTS, many of her clients would not make the trip to her Center to access the social and medical services they need, or they wouldn’t be able to find or keep a job.

“Absence of Sunday service is very visible.”

The Center offers its biggest meal on Sunday evenings, and without Sunday service, those that live further away from Downtown Corvallis are unable to join. Aleita sees Better Transit as an equity issue, and a means of making transportation accessible to all.

Meet Laura Duncan

“CTS is way more than moving from point A to Point B. It makes [the people I work with] feel like everybody else.”

Laura helps people with developmental disabilities find fulfilling employment opportunities so they can feel better integrated into the community. Almost none of her clients are capable of driving a car, and most are completely dependent on CTS as a means of getting to jobs that provide them with a feeling of real self-worth.

“Employers need employees on Sundays. If there isn’t transportation available, then that job isn’t even an option.”

Laura sees the addition of Sunday service as a “big deal” for not only the people she works with, but many employees in the area. Additionally, many of her clients live in Philomath where housing is more affordable. Better Transit could make enhancements to routes in Philomath and other parts of the community, providing flexibility and stability to community members seeking a employment.


Meet Brandon Trelstad

"OSU has very aggressive goals to cut carbon emissions"

Brandon works as OSU's Sustainability Coordinator, and he is very aware of the important role transit will play in helping the University meet its goal of eliminating net carbon emissions by 2025. OSU is discouraging people from driving to campus by "holding the line" on parking, and not adding spaces as the University expands. Brandon works closely with CTS to find ways their transit service can provide solutions.

"Frequency is the biggest issue for students and people at OSU"

The majority of students living on campus live without cars, but many others drive in from the surrounding neighborhoods and towns. While some students do use CTS, the biggest constraint to getting more riding transit and less using cars is frequency to and from campus. Without Better Transit, there's no way CTS will have the resources to make this possible.