Bus Talk Newsletter
Autzen Express Alert
Attention UO Football Riders!
Due to LTD’s regular weekday service on Friday, October 11, the Autzen Express Park & Ride will only be available at the following locations:
South Eugene High School
Lane County Fairgrounds
River Road Station
Valley River Center
Please plan accordingly as these Park & Rides will be experiencing a much higher ridership than normal and may take longer to get to and from the game. For details visit: LTD.org/AutzenExpress.
Survey Teams On Buses
Survey Dates: November 2-10
LTD will conduct a rider survey to learn more about where riders take the bus, why riders choose the bus, how often trips are taken, what improvements are most important, and how LTD is serving the community overall.
The survey will be administered by the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG). Authorized surveyors will be identified by their high-visibility vests and ID card on a lanyard. Completing the survey is very important and will ultimately help LTD provide the best transit service for riders.
Information obtained from the survey will be used to identify trends in travel habits and patterns, and assist in the development of future routes and service levels. Thank you for helping!
Join the Get There Challenge
Win prizes for simply walking, biking, riding the bus, or carpooling rather than driving alone during the Challenge. You can Get There better - and get recognized for driving less – it’s a win-win.
- Use GetThereOregon.org to log your carpool, vanpool, transit, biking, and walking trips — as well as teleworking days.
- Find carpool buddies and compete with friends to see who can Get There without driving alone.
- Win prizes while participating in the Challenge!
- Get There makes it simple to find your way, spend more time relaxing and less money on gas.
TouchPass Tap CardsBeginning October 21, TouchPass tap cards will be available for $3 at the LTD Customer Service Center (CSC) at 1080 Willamette St. With the new tap card, riders will be able to purchase passes and add stored value to an online account by visiting TouchPass.com or CSC.
TouchPass provides many benefits to both riders and the community. With the tap card or mobile app, riders can purchase fare and passes without going to the CSC, board faster, and recover fare if their card is lost or stolen (card must be registered). In addition, more than 85,000 non-recyclable passes a year will be eliminated from our local land fill.
It is important to note that riders who use monthly passes will be required to have either an electronic tap card or the mobile app to pay for fare by January 1, 2020 as LTD will no longer be selling paper monthly passes.
Learn more about TouchPass
Student Transit Pass Update
LTD is currently working with local school districts to finalize the Student Transit Pass program to work in conjunction with the TouchPass electronic fare system. When the Student Transit Pass was originally launched, students were to have student identification cards by October 1 to present as fare. At this time, many students have not received their student identification cards. In the meantime, so that all students can continue to benefit from the program, students will continue to let the bus operator know which school they are enrolled in when boarding the bus until further notice. Final details about the TouchPass transition will follow in the coming months and will be available through the schools and at LTD.org
Do You Go EmGo?
The next time you are in downtown Eugene, take a free ride on EmGo. Whether walking, taking the bus, or driving a car downtown, EmGo can pick you up and deliver you to more than 70 locations in the downtown core (Charnelton to High streets, and 5th to 13th streets). Download the mobile app by searching for Transloc or go to LTD.org/EmGo for an app link.
EmGo is a five seat, electric vehicle operated by RideZero and runs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s ideal for those in the downtown area who need a lift from the parking garage to work, for shopping, lunch, appointments, or for going from one end of downtown to the other.
EmGo is a pilot program through a partnership with Lane Transit District, City of Eugene, Lane County, and Lane Council of Governments to reduce traffic and parking congestion in downtown Eugene as well as decrease the area’s carbon footprint. Additional funding for EmGo comes from Statewide Transportation Improvements Funds (STIF) from the State of Oregon.
For more information: LTD.org/EmGo
download the TransLoc app: Apple/Google
What does MovingAhead Mean to You?
MovingAhead, a partnership between the City of Eugene and LTD, is exploring new transportation investments that may change some of our most important streets. Your opinion matters and the team would like to hear what MovingAhead means to you. Is it safer streets, better accessibility, or improved bike infrastructure? Learn more about MovingAhead at MovingAhead.org and attend the upcoming public hearing to provide your input on the proposed invesments and what they mean to you.
Monday, October 21
Open House: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Public Hearing: 7:30 p.m.
Lane County Public Services Building – Harris Hall
125 E. 8th Ave., Eugene
Walk + Roll to School
Students across the region participated in National Walk+Roll to School Day on October 2. This day is all about helping keep kids be active by encouraging them to walk, bike, skate, or scooter to school. Many schools will be hosting a variety of activities during the month of October including after school “Pedal Power Smoothies,” bike tune-ups, bike rodeos in the evening for the family, schoolwide walks, and more. In addition to having fun and getting exercise, kids can also win great prizes! Check with your students’ school to see what events are happening throughout the month.
COMMUNITY EVENTSEUGfun Coffin Races
Saturday, October 19
Event opens at 11:30 a.m.
Races begin at 12:10 p.m.
Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
3rd Avenue and Lincoln St.
City of Eugene Recreation is hosting the return of the Coffin Races! Creative community members will race down Skinner’s Butte in hand-built coffin-themed race cars. In addition to the thrill of the race, families can participate in children’s activities, music, food vendors, and more. Parking is limited, so visit Eugene-or.gov/3922/Coffin-Races to download your free transit pass.
Take Routes 51 or 52
Willamalane Haunted Hay Ride
Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 26
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
205 Dorris St., Springfield
Ride through the “haunted” trails of Dorris Ranch as mummies, zombies, historical figures, and more emerge from the shadows of the filbert orchards. While waiting for the hay ride, families can make crafts and play games in the barn. This event is geared towards young children and families. Must pre-purchase tickets.
Purchase your tickets now at Willamalane.org