Tillamook County Transportation District - The Wave
of riders make less than $15,000 per year
of riders have no vehicle available
Scroll down to learn about Tillamook County Transportation District'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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Transit demand in Tillamook County is expected to increase by at least 20% by 2040, with a higher growth rate in the larger urban centers. They have identified the following goals to meet the current and future needs of the county.
Make Transit a Lifestyle Choice
Make transit a viable option for commuting by expanding service to new parts of the county.
support Economic Development
Expand service to the Port of Tillamook Bay to help attract new business and provide transportation for its many people.
Serve the Transit Dependent
Provide better access to needed medical and social services throughout the region and state.
Help develop and sustain the integral tourism industry of Tillamook and its coastal neighbors
With Better Transit, Tillamook County Transportation District could add much needed new routes and enhanced service on existing routes to Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, and the Portland metropolitan area.
Note: All proposed Better Transit Service enhancements are contingent on the availability of additional transit funding
- Port of Tillamook Bay Loop - New fixed-route that serves the Port of Tillamook Bay
- Tillamook and Pacific City - New fixed-route between Tillamook and Pacific City
- Pacific City-Cape Kiwanda Tourist Shuttle - Pilot a new tourist shuttle in one of the most heavily visited areas of the Oregon Coast
- Tillamook Town Loop - Double the frequency of the Tillamook Town Loop that serves the majority of residents in the City of Tillamook
- Morning and afternoon service - Increase the service between Tillamook, Oceanside, Nehalem, Manzanita and Cannon Beach
- Tillamook and Lincoln City - Double the frequency of buses between Tillamook and Lincoln City
- Tillamook and Portland - Add one additional trip to allow for evening trips
- Lincoln City and Salem - Add one additional midday trip
Transit Helps Tillamook Cheese
“Between 10-15% of our visitors center employees use the bus to get to work.”
Matthew Petty has worked with the Tillamook County Creamery Association for 15 years. In his current role, he provides human resources support to more than 450 of the Creamery’s Tillamook-location employees – many of whom rely on The Wave to get to and from work. Especially during the summer months, when the Creamery employs close to 100 additional seasonal staff members from around Tillamook County to work at their Visitors Center, Matthew sees the bus as an essential part of getting employees to work on time.
“A lot of our employees are dependent upon that transportation.”
Matthew has noticed a trend in recent years that many TCCA employees are becoming more and more dependent upon the bus to get to work year-round. Because of this, the Creamery offers bus passes to its Visitors Center employees, and also tries to set shifts around the bus schedule. This program has helped with employee recruitment, and Matthew believes an improved bus system will further benefit not only the Creamery, but other employers in Tillamook County, as well.
Meet Karen Storm
"Totally dependent on the bus system"
Karen Storm has been a Tillamook County resident for 20 years. She depends on public transit for all of her transportation needs. Without The Wave, Karen wouldn't have a way to go grocery shopping, her boyfriend wouldn't make it to work, and her granddaughter wouldn't have a way to school.
"We're growing in needs of transportation"
Karen understands the growing need for investment in Tillamook's public transit. Her family is tired of waiting more than an hour to catch a bus, or being unable to board because it's too crowded. She sees more and more people in her community relying on The Wave to get around, yet the system has been unable to grow to meet their needs.
Meet Terry Hubbs
"THE ONLY WAY I HAVE TO GET AROUND IS THE WAVE"
Terry moved to Tillamook three years ago, and got rid of his car. Since then, he uses the bus to get everywhere he needs to go. He rides The Wave to work, to the store, and to visit many of the nearby sites along the Oregon Coast. He feels lucky to be living within a short walk of the Tillamook Transit Center, otherwise it would difficult for him to get around.
"I WISH THE WAVE WOULD RUN LATER"
Terry uses transit whenever possible, but he and many others find it hard to plan their schedule when the bus stops running at 6:15 pm, and only once an hour, at best.
Tillamook County Transportation District General Manager, Doug Pilant, has wanted to expand their service to accommodate riders like Terry, for years. However, it is hard just to keep the current system running with current levels of funding.
Tourism in Pacific City
"TOURISM HAS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY"
Over the past decade, tourism has skyrocketed in the Cape Kiwanda area of Pacific City, but the local community doesn't always feel like they're benefiting from the influx of visitors. Overflowing parking areas, congested roads, and a lack of patronage to local businesses has become the norm for the area during the tourist season. However, in recent months a possible solution has come forward.
"Businesses would benefit from a shuttle through downtown"
Anne Price, the former chair of the Pacific City Neighborhood Association, believes that a regular tourist shuttle could help improve residents' quality of life by getting cars off the road and directing more people to the downtown business district of Pacific City. Tourists wouldn't have to sit in traffic to access places like Cape Kiwanda. Instead, they could park their cars in designated areas and go to and from their destinations with public transit. By stopping in downtown, tourists would also have an opportunity to visit local businesses they may have otherwise passed by.
The problem is, The Wave doesn't have the resources to pilot a project like this. Yet another reason Tillamook needs Better Transit.