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Communities with public transit systems not only grow, they thrive.

The Salem Area Mass Transit District, more commonly known as Cherriots, is a community lifeline connecting people to the places where they live, work, learn, shop, and explore.

Formed in 1979 as a municipal corporation, Cherriots provides fixed-route, paratransit, regional, and rideshare services. The Cherriots mission, connecting people with places through safe, friendly and reliable public transportation services, Cherriots buses provide transportation throughout Marion and Polk counties with easy connections to other counties and cities.

People depend on Cherriots to meet their transportation needs and expect a safe, friendly and reliable experience with every ride.

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

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

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

Values
Safety – Cherriots emphasizes safety, providing safe, secure, and clean public areas and work sites.

Service Excellence – Cherriots takes pride in the delivering services that improve the daily lives of customers and enhances community livability. Cherriots serves the public and its business partners with friendliness, courtesy, and respect.

Communication – Cherriots promotes an open, respectful culture that values candor. Cherriots listens to its customers, community partners, and employees and actively engages them in conversations.

Innovation – Cherriots encourages and respects new ideas from employees, partners, and the public. The District embraces innovation, new technology, and best practices.

Accountability – Cherriots holds itself and individual employees accountable as stewards of public funds and community trust. Cherriots will honor this commitment with transparency, honesty, and integrity.