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New Route 45 - Central Polk County - POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

The former Polk County Flex service is becoming Route 45 - Central Polk County

Cherriots is excited to announce that the Polk County Flex is becoming Route 45 - Central Polk County to better serve Independence, Monmouth, and Dallas. It will not start May 4 as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we will start as soon as we're able. The route will follow a fixed path through these three communities, and it will also pick up riders off the route path by request. Read on to learn more about how we're building A Better Cherriots in Polk County.

Project background

In February 2019, Cherriots staff noted that the Polk County Flex service was not running as it was designed. At some times of the day, buses were full and running behind schedule, and at other times, the service was not utilized much at all. We made some changes to allow the service to run on schedule, but staff also decided to find out from the public whether it was working for them or not. A survey was conducted in June and July 2019 and the results showed that the public preferred a redesign of the service.

This new service will be more like a regular bus route with a fixed schedule, but riders will still be able to call ahead and ask the bus to come to their location within the Route 45 service area. The bus will run Monday - Friday once every two hours, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. It will serve 50 stops in Independence, Monmouth, and Dallas. 

Route planning

The anticipated start date for Cherriots Regional Route 45 - Central Polk County was May 4, 2020, but it has been postponed due to coronavirus. We do not have a new start date at this time. In order to prepare for the new bus service, we must install the bus stops in the neighborhoods of Independence, Monmouth, and Dallas. This page contains the details that you and your neighbors need to get ready for this exciting change that will benefit your community. 

We are working with the cities of Independence, Monmouth, and Dallas, as well as the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to gain approval for the stops. This includes the removal of street parking at the stops. Parking removal is necessary for all Cherriots Regional bus stops in order to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA requires that vehicles be at the curb when loading or unloading people in mobility devices such as wheelchairs and walkers. Each no parking zone will be designated by a yellow painted curb. 

The following maps show our proposed path for Route 45, pending city approval:

 

 

Draft schedule to Dallas via Monmouth

Independence North - Main @ Polk G St @ 5th 13th @ Monmouth St Monmouth - Main @ Catron Western Oregon U - Monmouth Ave @ Church 888 Monmouth Cutoff (Garten) West Valley Hospital - Washington @ Lyle Dallas Downtown - Jefferson @ Oak Dallas Walmart - 321 NE Kings Valley Hwy

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Draft schedule to Monmouth / Independence

Dallas Walmart - 321 NE Kings Valley Hwy

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Dallas Walmart - 321 NE Kings Valley Hwy

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West Valley Hospital - Washington @ Lewis

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Stop List to Dallas via Monmouth (pending city approval)

  • Independence North - Main @ Polk
  • Main @ Oak
  • Independence Library - Monmouth St @ 2nd
  • 4th @ D St
  • G St @ 5th
  • 7th @ F St
  • E St @ 11th
  • 13th @ Monmouth St
  • Monmouth St @ Talmadge
  • Atwater @ Jackson
  • Monmouth - Main @ Catron
  • Ecols @ Ackerman
  • Ackerman @ Monmouth Ave
  • College St @ Clay
  • Western Oregon U - Monmouth Ave @ Church
  • 888 Monmouth Cutoff (Garten)
  • Uglow @ Birch
  • West Valley Hospital - Washington @ Lyle
  • Dallas Downtown - Jefferson @ Oak
  • Main @ Walnut
  • Jasper @ Ellendale
  • Orchard @ Brentwood (Goodwill)
  • Dallas Walmart - 321 NE Kings Valley Hwy 

Stop List to Monmouth / Independence (pending city approval)

  • Dallas Walmart - 321 NE Kings Valley Hwy
  • Ellendale @ Polk Station Rd
  • Lacreole @ West St
  • Hankel @ Uglow
  • Uglow @ Ellendale
  • Dallas Walmart - 321 NE Kings Valley Hwy
  • Orchard @ Brentwood (Goodwill)
  • Jasper @ Ellendale
  • Main @ Walnut
  • Dallas Downtown - Oak @ Robb
  • Washington @ Church
  • West Valley Hospital - Washington @ Lewis
  • Uglow @ Birch
  • 888 Monmouth Cutoff (Garten)
  • Western Oregon U - Monmouth Ave @ Church
  • College St @ Clay
  • Ackerman @ Monmouth Ave
  • Ecols @ Ackerman
  • Monmouth - Main @ Ecols
  • Atwater @ Jackson
  • Monmouth St @ Talmadge
  • Independence - 13th @ Monmouth St
  • E St @ 11th
  • 7th @ F St
  • G St @ 5th
  • 4th @ E St
  • Independence Library - Monmouth St @ 2nd
  • Main @ Oak
  • Independence North - Main @ Polk