Who We Are

 



Salem-Keizer Transit provides transit and paratransit service to the Salem-Keizer area and Marion and Polk counties. All Salem-Keizer Transit services operate Monday through Friday. Cherriots provides fixed route bus service within Salem and Keizer with connections to Wilsonville and Grand Ronde. Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System (CARTS) provides service to rural communities in Marion and Polk counties. Other Salem-Keizer Transit services include the RED Line shopper and Dial-a-Ride service, CherryLift service, travel training and rideshare information including carpool and vanpool matching. Learn More

Administrative Offices
General Manager, Community Relations, Finance, Transportation Development, Human Resource, and part of the Operations departments are located at:
555 Court St N.E., Suite 5230, Salem, OR.

Operations, Contracted Services and Maintenance
Del Webb Facility
3140 Del Webb Ave, Salem, OR.
The Del Webb facility also includes the parking area for buses not in service.

Keizer Transit Center
5860 Keizer Station Blvd., N.E.
Salem, OR 97303

Our History

1979: Salem Area Mass Transit District was formed with the purpose of securing an ongoing funding base for the service. Prior to that, Cherriots had been part of the City of Salem.

1981: A Board of Directors (created at the time the District was formed) took over the direction of staffing and operation of Cherriots. Through the years, voters to support the transit system passed several levies.

1986: The District passed its first tax base measure to provide permanent funding support for Salem and Keizer area transit. That funding base, intended to maintain service for 5 years, provided resources to maintain service and provide modest growth into the early 1990’s.

1996: District voters approved a new property tax base providing a significant increase in services, including: later evening service, several new routes, and park & ride services. As a result, ridership increased by 50% over the next four years.

2000: Cherriots ridership grew from 2.7 million trips in 1990 to over 4.3 million.

2003: The organization changed its name to Salem-Keizer Transit to better reflect the population it serves. Cherriots ridership grew to over 5 million.

2005: Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates and URS completed a study on the feasability of introducing a streetcar in downtown Salem. The findings show that the cost of the streetcar was prohibitive. View the full report.

2006 - 2008: Salem-Keizer Transit needed an increase in the tax base to cover the increasing cost of operations. After tax levies were voted down it was necessary to eliminate Saturday service and redesign bus service in order to stay within budget.

2009: With extensive public input, Salem-Keizer Transit created a plan to address the community’s highest priorities of more options, faster times, and flexible schedules, within the current budget limitations. The Salem-Keizer Transit Board approved and implemented the new plan September 8, 2009.

2011: Salem-Keizer Transit adopted a new Strategic Plan to maintain the services now offered by Cherriots and to identify the resources for the continued improvement of public transit services in the future.

Today
Our seven-member Board provides the policy direction for transit operations serving more than 225,000 residents in Salem and Keizer. Cherriots provides about 4 million rides a year. CARTS provides about 120,000 rides. CherryLift services provide over 100,000 rides. 

Planning for the Future
Our plans provide an insight into our vision for the future of transportation in the Mid-Willamette Valley. The plans include the Operations Plan which sets priorities for service planning; the Strategic Plan, which guides decision-making, budgeting and operations for the next twenty years; and a regional transit plan, which is in the development stage.

Our services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age or disability in accordance with applicable laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and ORS Chapter 659A. 

Title VI Policy Statement

Title VI Complaint Procedure

Title VI Complaint Form