Benton County, OR

02/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 17:15

NW Connector Regional Transit System surpasses 1 million bus miles

The Northwest Connector Network, a partnership of transit districts in Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln and Tillamook counties, surpassed 1.1 million bus miles in 2017, carrying over 188,000 passengers. Additionally passengers riding the NW Connector in 2017 are estimated to have saved over 5 million in vehicle miles traveled, which translates into estimated 1.3 tons of CO2 or greenhouse gas emissions avoided.

The Northwest Connector Network is a major regional public transit network that connects the Willamette Valley to multiple locations on the central to northern Oregon coast. Five County public transit services, including Benton County, operate the network in conjunction with two Tribal transit systems and other regional partners including Marion-Polk County, Yamhill County, and TriMet. The Coast To Valley Express service is Benton County's 'leg' of the Northwest Connector network.

The Northwest Connector network has been awarded a total of four separate national or regional awards for public transit excellence, from organizations such as the National Association of Development Organizations; the Community Transit Association of America; and the Women's Transportation Seminar.

Established in 2013, the NW Connector is a regional transit system that has coordinated schedules between the 5 transit districts allowing riders to travel from Astoria to Yachats on the Coast, and between the Coast and Portland, Salem and Corvallis.

Learn more about the Northwest Connector Network at and the Coast to Valley Express at