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August Bus Talk

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Issue 414

Ride for Free in August with Vax Pass

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On June 25, Governor Kate Brown lifted physical distancing requirements for buses, paving the way for Lane Transit District’s EmX and fixed route buses to immediately begin carrying passengers at full capacity. We had even more to celebrate when most remaining COVID-19 restrictions were eliminated on June 30. Our community is moving forward because riders like you have taken the step to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As a thank you to our community for getting vaccinated, LTD is offering a free August Vax Pass with unlimited free rides until August 31, 2021. The Vax Pass is only available through the TouchPass/Umo app and tap card and may be redeemed now.

To learn how to redeem your free Vax Pass, visit: LTD.org/VaxPass

Customer Service Center Fully Open

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In July, the lobby seating area, restrooms and ATM at the Customer Service Center in the Eugene Station became open to the public again. Need help with trip planning, getting started with Umo, applying for an Honored Rider or Half-Fare ID card? The Customer Service team is available to provide expert assistance.

1080 Willamette Street
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (sales desk closed)
Phone: 541-687-5555 (7-1-1 TTY) • 800-248-3861
(Toll free) • 541-682-5558 (Fax)

For more information about the customer service center, visit: LTD.org/customer-service-center

Umo Electronic Bus Pass Logo

Do You Know Umo?

TouchPass, LTD’s former electronic fare payment system, is transitioning to Umo Mobility. Switching over to the Umo Mobility app is easy! Simply download the app and login with your TouchPass username and password. If you use a tap card, you’ll login with your TouchPass username and password at UmoPass.com. Your current tap card will continue to work with your new Umo account. Umo takes care of the details for you, transferring your purchased passes and account information seamlessly. Don’t have a TouchPass account? No problem! Getting started with the app or tap card is a few steps away: sign up, purchase fare, scan or tap and GO!

For step-by-step instructions on getting started with the Umo Mobility app or tap card, click here to download a PDF.

Vaccination Characters at a Bus Stop

Welcome, Vax! Ready. Set. Ride!

Ready. Set. Ride! To keep everyone safe, federal regulations require all passengers and members of the public to continue wearing a face mask over the nose and mouth when on LTD property and on its buses.

Learn more about what to expect when riding the bus here: welcomevax.org/safety-tips


LTD Continues Commuter Outreach, Retires Point2point Program

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring of 2020, LTD faced difficult decisions to ensure our ability to continue offering high-quality, equitable transportation services in a financially sustainable way. One of these services, Point2point at Lane Transit District, has been involved in our community for many years, providing commuters and recreational enthusiasts alike with resources to walk, bike and ride safely. Moving forward, LTD will continue to provide transportation options services for employers and employees in our area, such as the Emergency Ride Home program, Group Pass program, Valley Vanpool program, tabling at employer fairs, assistance with using the Get There platform for commuting, and more.  Management of regional transportation options programming, such as Safe Routes to School, bicycle and pedestrian safety outreach, and regional transportation challenges will shift to other agencies, and the Point2point brand retired. LTD is here to help you explore healthy and sustainable transportation options that get you where you need to go.

For information about general regional transportation options programs, follow Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization on Facebook at @CentralLaneMPO.

For more information, visit: LTD.org/point2point

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Community Events

Children’s Celebration

Saturday, August 7
9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Willamalane invites families to participate in the Children’s Celebration at Island Park. People of all ages can participate in activities from community exhibitors, listen to live music, take home goodies from local partner agencies and donate food to the Willamalane Food Access Programs.

Take EmX or Routes 11, 17 or 18 to Springfield Station and walk to Island Park.

Pride in the Park

Saturday, August 14
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Pride in the Park festival Promotes Respect In Diverse Expression (P.R.I.D.E.) and celebrates all that makes our community great. The event is free, but welcomes donations to support the Pride Youth Scholarship Fund. This event is family-friendly, with face painting, story time, games, crafts, live entertainment and local vendors.

Take EmX or Routes 12, 13, 66, 67 or 96 to stops near shared-use paths leading into Alton Baker Park.

Butte to Butte

Sunday, August 22
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
10K & 4M Walk Shuttle departs at 5th and Willamette

Shuttle to Eugene’s most popular road race, the Butte to Butte, courtesy of the Oregon Track Club. Routes 970Z and 971X will pick up passengers at the bus stops at 5th and Willamette and depart every 5-10 minutes. There will be no shuttles after the race back to South Eugene, so do not park at the 10K start line in South Eugene. Bib numbers must be present to ride the shuttle. The 5K does not have a shuttle because the start and finish lines are the same.
For more information, visit: buttetobutte.com

Special Routes 970X and 971X

Willamette River Festival

August 21 – 28

Participate in events throughout the week, including a PaddleCross Challenge, Greenway BioBlitz, Ethnobotany Workshop, Riverfront Park Concert, self-guided tours, and more. Each event has a unique start time and location along the Willamette River.
For more information, visit: willametteriverfest.org

Take EmX or Routes 12, 13, 66, 67, or 96 to stops near shared-use paths leading into Alton Baker Park.

Click here to download a PDF of the August 2021 Bus Talk newsletter.


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