08/14/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2019 15:57
Recently, Benton County announced that the Corvallis to Amtrak Connector service would be temporarily suspended for lack of funding. Staff was subsequently able to secure short term funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to keep the Amtrak Connector running into October. At that time, it will be replaced by an expansion of a separate Benton County transit service, known as the Coast to Valley Express.
The existing Coast to Valley Express service runs between Newport, Corvallis, and Albany. The County has plans to expand it from the current two runs per day to eight runs per day between Corvallis and Albany, seven day a week. This expansion is funded through the Oregon Legislature's 2017 comprehensive transportation bill. The County is working with ODOT and regional partners on a route design and schedule for a reconfigured Coast to Valley Express service.
If you have any questions concerning the Amtrak Connector service or the timing and design for the future service Coast to Valley Express service, please contact Lisa Scherf at 541-754-1759.