Rogue Valley Transportation District - RVTD

1.5 million

annual rides

62%

of riders have no vehicle available

66%

of riders make less than $15,000 per year

 

Scroll down to learn about RVTD'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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In recent years, the Rogue Valley has made a clear commitment to bringing better transit to the region. RVTD has worked with community members to identify the following goals to help meet the current and future needs of the community, and to take the next steps towards realizing their transit vision.

Serve the Transit Dependent

Ensure all seniors, people with disabilities and lower-income neighborhoods in the Rogue Valley have access to the social and medical services they need

Make Transit a Lifestyle Choice

Provide reliable and frequent transportation for students and workers traveling to SOU, RCC and other major regional destinations.

Support Economic Development

Provide safe & efficient transportation to businesses and employment centers, and support affordable housing development with access to transit.

PROMOTE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

Help meet the livability, housing and climate change goals of the community by increasing walking, biking and use of public transit


 

With Better Transit, RVTD could better connect the Rogue Valley by adding new routes to areas currently without service and enhancing service on all of its existing network(s). 

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

NEW SERVICE

  1. Highway 99 Express – New express route connecting Medford to Ashland along Hwy 99
  2. Central Point Circulator– New fixed-route connecting areas within Central Point
  3. Ashland Circulator – New fixed-route connecting Downtown Ashland to surrounding area
 

ENHANCED SERVICE

  1. Saturday Service ­– Saturday frequency expanded to 30 minutes
  2. Expanded Service Hours – Earlier morning and later evening service Monday through Friday
 
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ACCESS TO JOBS 95% more jobs within 60 minutes of Downtown Ashland and 30% more jobs within 60 minutes of downtown Medford
Better Transit Impacts
FREQUENT TRANSIT 8% more residents served by frequent transit
Better Transit Impacts
MORE SERVICE 36% increase in total service hours
 
School Districts are starving for alternative programming to meet the needs of all kinds of kids. That’s why partnering with RVTD and Rogue Community College is a win-win-win.
— Dr. Brian Shumate, Medford School District Superintendent

MEET SARAH WESTOVER

"I RELY ON THE BUS TO GET WHERE I'M GOING."

Sarah was 26 years old and behind the wheel of a car when she had her first grand mal seizure.  Now at age 30, she no longer drives and relies on RVTD for her commute, errands, and social engagements.

"public transportation helps me maintain my independence, get to work and stay connected with friends and family."

While learning to cope with her seizure disorder, the hardest thing for Sarah has been her loss of personal autonomy.  The lack of late night and weekend service is particularly difficult because it forces her to rely on friends and family to get to doctors appointments and home from work.  Sometimes, Sarah says, she foregoes things like going to the farmers market so she doesn't have to ask someone for a ride.  Sarah is a fiercely independent person - the last thing she wants to be is a burden.  With State support for Better Transit, Sarah hopes to see an essential community service restored to the Rogue Valley.

MEET DR. BRIAN SHUMATE

"HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS NEED TO BE TIED TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD"

Dr. Brian Shumate is the Medford School District (MSD) Superintendent.  He recognizes that students today need more than just a high school education to be successful. They need hands-on vocational training and/or access to courses that MSD cannot provide on-site.

"RVTD IS A 'GAME-CHANGER' FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT"

Rogue Community College (RCC) offers training and certification programs open to Medford's high school students, but getting them to RCC campuses in Medford, White City, and Grants Pass is a challenge.  RVTD has stepped in to meet this challenge with a new route that serves South Medford High School, but its future is uncertain.   Supporting Better Transit will help keep transportation and learning options open to Medford's students now and for years to come.