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Cherriots LIFT

Paratransit service for people with qualifying disabilities

Looking to schedule a ride on Cherriots LIFT? Call 503-315-5544 or click here for more information:

Cherriots LIFT is an origin-to-destination transportation service for people whose qualifying disability prevents them from using the Cherriots Local buses. The cost is $3.20 for a one-ride trip. Visit the Fares and Passes page for information on how to buy LIFT passes. Cherriots LIFT's hours of operation have changed, and it is now available Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cherriots LIFT eligible riders can also ride Cherriots Local buses at the reduced fare rate with a Reduced Fare ID card. Reduced Fare ID cards are available at Customer Service downtown. Please bring your existing ADA card or current Cherriots LIFT certification letter with picture ID. Visit our Fares and Passes page for reduced fare rates and information on purchasing passes with a Reduced Fare ID.

For a full, detailed description of the Cherriots LIFT program, download the Cherriots LIFT Ride Guide:

Cherriots LIFT Ride Guide

Who Can Ride Cherriots LIFT and How to Apply

You may be eligible if you have a disability and your disability prevents you from being able to ride Cherriots Local buses. To find out if you’re eligible, please follow the application process below:

     1. ​Read the instructions: 

Instructions for Cherriots LIFT Application

     2. The applicant will fill out the application and the medical provider will fill out the questionnaire:

Cherriots LIFT Application and Questionnaire

     3. The applicant then attends the in-person interview

​Please note: the application, medical professional questionnaire, and in-person interview must be completed before eligibility determinations can be made.

Visitors to the Salem-Keizer area

Visitors from out of town, who have been determined eligible under the ADA by their home transit agency, or who can provide documentation of a disability that prevents them from using the regular accessible fixed route bus system may request eligible status for up to 21 (non-consecutive) days per year (365 days) without having to go through the full assessment process. Approval will be granted on the same business day; however, no later than 24-hours from initial contact.

If visiting for a shorter period of time, riders may provide proof of eligibility from the home transit agency under the ADA. Contact Customer Service for information to establish visitor status and receive instructions on how to access the local ADA para transit system. Because those services are pre-scheduled, you will need to call ahead for making trip arrangements. Approval of visitor status will be granted within 24 hours of initial contact.

Cherriots Customer Service
Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Assistance is also available by phone, email, or social media.

Phone: 503-588-2877
Email: info@cherriots.org
Location: 220 High St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Mail or fax your completed application and an eligibility specialist will contact you to schedule the in-person interview.

​Cherriots LIFT Eligibility Office 
555 Court Street NE, Suite 5230
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-361-7554
Fax: 503-361-7560
adaeligibility@cherriots.org

​Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m - 5 p.m. For more information, or to have a Cherriots LIFT application mailed or faxed to you, please call the Eligibility Office at 503-361-7554 or Cherriots Customer Service at 503-588-2877.

How to Schedule a Cherriots LIFT Ride

Once your application has been approved, please call the Cherriots call center to schedule your ride, notify Cherriots LIFT about a cancellation, or check on the status if a ride is late.

​Voice: 503-315-5544 
Toll Free: 888-315-5544
Oregon Relay Service: 7-1-1 
Fax: 503-315-5514

​You can call to schedule your rides during our new business hours of weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The call center is closed on New Year’s Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. 

​Book in Advance
Cherriots LIFT services may be booked up to 14 days before your trip. Trips must be booked by 4:30 p.m. the day before your trip on weekdays and by 3 p.m. on Sundays.

​When to Be Ready
You should be ready, watching and waiting at the beginning of your 30-minute pickup window. Transportation providers wait five minutes once they arrive within the pickup window before moving to the next reservation.

Cancellations
When you need to cancel a ride or change your pick up time, you must call the Cherriots call center as soon as possible.

No-Show Policy
A demonstrated pattern of no-shows, (see below for examples), is seriously disruptive to Cherriots LIFT service. Within a 30-day period, three or more no-shows, or no-shows that are 10 percent of completed trips (whichever is greater), will be grounds for service suspension. Only no-shows and late cancellations that are within the rider’s control will be counted toward the policy.

​Cancellations made less than two hours in advance of the pickup time, a cancellation at the door, or not being present or ready to leave within five minutes after the vehicle operator comes to the door are all considered no-shows. If a rider is a no-show on a ride starting from the rider’s home, the rider must call the call center to cancel any other scheduled rides no longer needed that day to avoid receiving additional no-shows.

​Feedback
Cherriots is committed to receiving feedback from our riders. You might contact us for a variety of reasons: to compliment a driver, make a complaint about an issue, share a safety concern, or offer general feedback.

ADA Comment Form

Feedback regarding ADA paratransit service at Cherriots can be made by telephone, mail, or email to:

​Ben Sawyer
ADA Coordinator
555 Court St. NE, Suite 5230
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-588-2424
Email: ben.sawyer@cherriots.org