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Long Range Transit Plan project

We're developing our first ever 20-year planning document


Read the Existing Conditions Snapshot Report to learn more Cherriots current services and riders.

Ted Stonecliffe, deputy project manager for the Long Range Transit Plan project, was interviewed on KYAC (94.9 FM) radio on Jan. 18. The interview covered how people can participate in the online open house, the Virtual Workshop, and the upcoming tabling event.

Project background

In August 2021, Cherriots and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. kicked off a project to develop Cherriots first ever 20-year planning document. Called the Long Range Transit Plan (LRTP), this project will engage the public to develop a plan that will help guide the Cherriots transit network and regional transportation options as the region grows and the demand for public transportation increases.

A strong public transit system is the backbone of environmentally friendly and economically thriving communities. The Cherriots vision, mission, values, and brand promise represent the guiding principles for long-range transit planning. The guiding principles of the project are:


Making a positive difference by enhancing community livability through innovative, sustainable, regional transportation options.


Connecting people with places through safe, friendly, and reliable public transportation services.


Safety, service excellence, communication, innovation, and accountability.

Brand promise

Cherriots delivers a world class customer experience.

Goals and expectations

The goals and expectations of a 20-year LRTP for the Cherriots Local and Cherriots Regional systems include:

  • A plan that finds strategies for implementing Cherriots vision, mission, values, and brand promise
  • A plan that takes into consideration the upcoming Climate Action Plans being developed by Cherriots and the City of Salem
  • A plan that remains consistent and compatible with local, regional, and state transportation plans
  • A plan that provides a thorough long-range market analysis in order to serve as a transit market assessment not only for Cherriots, but for partner jurisdictions as well
  • A plan that is adaptable to new trip generators, transit network changes, and new technologies
  • A plan that guides future vehicle procurements
  • A plan that increases the awareness of and accessibility to other transportation options within the region


The following timeline provides both the project schedule and the deliverables that fall within each of the seven major tasks.

Next steps

We are currently sharing information about Cherriots in the Existing Conditions Snapshot Report. In February, the team will begin developing and evaluating service scenarios and strategies for the future. We will bring these ideas to the public in Spring 2022 to get more of your ideas about services and how to prepare for the future.

Contact and questions

If you have any questions or comments for project staff, please contact us using one of the methods below:

  • Email us at
  • Call Customer Service at 503-588-2877
  • Write us at 555 Court St. NE, Suite 5230, Salem, OR 97301