Cherriots Wins the 2018 Outstanding Special District Program Award
Cherriots hired intern Logan Dickey in the summer of 2017 to assess safety hazards around the district. Dickey’s internship was funded by a grant from the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO). The summer intern collected detailed data, which previously wasn’t available to Cherriots. Dickey rode every bus route in the Cherriots 76 square mile service area. He visited all 720 of the district’s active bus stops. “We can now go after the most important hazards and address them appropriately from the information he gathered,” said Michiel Majors, Safety and Loss Control Specialist for Cherriots. For their efforts, SDAO awarded Cherriots the 2018 Outstanding Special District Program Award.
Cherriots earns healthy employer award
The Cherriots transit district wellness program earned an eighth place, 2017 Healthiest Employers of Oregon awards from the Portland Business Journal. Cherriots won in the category of organizations with 100 to 499 employees. After overhauling its wellness program in 2016, Cherriots trimmed its workers’ compensation and health insurance costs. An employee-driven wellness committee, and promoting the use of Fitbits to encourage employees to exercise, helped Cherriots reach its goals for creating a healthier workforce.
Cherriots employee honored as top young professional
Kiki Dohman, a five-year employee of Cherriots, has received a national award for her work in promoting commuting options that reduce traffic congestion in the mid-Willamette Valley. The Association for Commuter Transportation honored Dohman as one of its 40 under 40 leaders for 2017. Cherriots is best known for its bus service, but Dohman works with Cherriots Trip Choice. The Cherriots program supports carpool and vanpool ride matching, as well as biking and walking initiatives. The award honors transportation professionals from public and private organizations across the country, who strive to create long-lasting changes within their communities and organizations. Dohman is a director and secretary for ACT’s Cascade Chapter, which includes Alaska, Washington and Oregon. She has coordinated two conferences for the trade association, each of which drew more than 600 attendees.
Cherriots recognized at 2017 international transportation conference
Cherriots Rideshare (now Trip Choice) received international recognition for innovation in transportation demand management work at the Association for Commuter Transportation international conference in Portland. Wander Walks, a downtown Salem walking map, won Rideshare the Commuting Options Award. The map has 12 suggested walks that include photos, distance and time estimates, and local sights along the route. Salem area residents snapped up several thousand copies of the Wander Walks maps. Students from Willamette University’s Master of Business Administration program collaborated with the District to produce the popular map.
Cherriots honored with Sustainable Fleet Award from the U.S. DOE
The District won the 2017 Western Region Sustainable Fleet Award. The Cherriots fleet includes a mix of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas and biodiesel fuel, a cleaner burning alternative to regular diesel. To conserve fuel and reduce pollution, Cherriots has a “no-idle program” to reduce the times when bus motors are left running. For example, buses standing at the transit centers are shut off when the temperature is between 45 and 78 degrees. Cherriots also uses a process known as “recap” or a “remold” to replace the tread on worn tires. It preserves about 90 percent of the material in spent tires and saves the district money.
Cherriots recognized for excellence in financial reporting
For the fifth consecutive year, Cherriots received an award from the Government Finance Officers Association. Cherriots qualified for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2016 annual financial report. Established in 1945, the certificate program encourages public agencies to prepare comprehensive financial reports that embrace the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. The Government Finance Officers Association established the certificate program in 1945 to encourage public agencies to prepare financial reports that embraced the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.
Cherriots receives national recognition for advertising campaign
Cherriots won the first place 2016 AdWheel Award from the American Public Transportation Association for Best Social Media to Increase Ridership.
Cherriots staff created an effective social media campaign to attract new riders with a little help from Pokémon Go. To enter a District contest, Pokémon Go players took screenshots of Pokémon creatures lurking at the Downtown Transit Center, loitering at bus stops or lounging on buses. Players posted their photos on Twitter or the district’s Facebook page for a chance to win portable phone battery packs. That’s an appropriate award because dedicated Pokémon Go players often need to charge their phones. The Pokémon -themed tweets were viewed more than 67,000 times and resulted in more than 16,000 interactions, such as likes, retweets, link clicks and comments.