ODOT funding new bus service to the coast

A new bus service, the Southwest POINT, will soon begin operating daily between Klamath Falls and Brookings, giving travelers across southern Oregon a new way to connect with family, friends and services. And it will include a stop in White City. The POINT (which stands for Public Oregon INtercity Transit) will make 12 stops in and near Brookings, Crescent City, Calif., Smith River, Calif., Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Gold Hill, Medford, White City and Klamath Falls.

 

"This is a great way to improve transportation connections for people
in southern Oregon," said Michael Ward, Public Transit Division
administrator for the Oregon Department of Transportation. ODOT is
providing funding for the new service, which will bring people to the
national Amtrak and Greyhound bus networks, as well as to local public
transit providers.
   
The POINT provides same day service
between Klamath Falls and Brookings and same day round trip service
from Klamath Falls to Medford and from Brookings to Medford. Rates
range from $13 to $50 for a one-way ticket (adult), offering an
affordable and convenient alternative to driving alone or arranging
special transportation. Buses are wheelchair accessible and equipped
with bicycle racks.
   
In addition, passengers can connect with
other regional transit systems, including Redwood Coast Transit serving
Arcata to Crescent City, Calif.; Curry Public Transit serving the
Southern Oregon coast; Josephine County Transit serving Grants Pass,
Wolf Creek and Cave Junction; Rogue Valley Transit serving the Greater
Medford area, Ashland, Phoenix and Talent; and Basin Transit serving
the Klamath Falls area.
   
The Southwest POINT began service
April 20, and several ribbon-cutting ceremonies are scheduled in early
May in Klamath Falls, Medford and Brookings. Tickets for the POINT are
available from POINT drivers and wherever Greyhound bus tickets are
sold. For service, schedule or ticketing information call
1-888-900-2609.
   
The bus leaves Klamath Falls at 10:30,
arrives at Cascade Bingo in White City at 12:25 and departs five
minutes later for Medford. It arrives at the Smith River Lucky 7 Casino
at 7:25 and in Brookings at 7:50 p.m. For complete details to and from
the coast, call the 1-888-900-2609 number.

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