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Our Organization

Connecting people with places

At Cherriots, we connect people with places through safe, friendly, and reliable public transportation services. We are a public agency providing bus service over a 76 square mile area in Salem, Keizer, and the mid-Willamette Valley.

Voters approved the formation of the Salem Area Mass Transit District at the November 6, 1979 general election. That's still our legal name, but now we use the name Cherriots for all our transportation services. This operating name originated in 1966 when the City of Salem operated the transit system. It reflects Salem’s Cherry City nickname and a play on the word “chariots.”

Local property taxes, as well as state and federal money, provide funding for our transit agency. With those funds, we provide local bus service in Salem and Keizer, as well as regional express service to towns in Marion and Polk counties.

Our Cherriots Local fleet consists of 64 buses, which are 35 and 40 feet long. Our Cherriots Regional fleet has a dozen buses. We also operate Cherriots LIFT, a paratransit service for those who can’t safely and independently use our regular bus service.

​Thanks to the passage of House Bill 2017, we've rolled out the largest service expansion in our history. State funding from HB 2017 has helped restore services lost to deep budget cuts in 2009. Starting in September 2019, we restored Saturday bus service, extended weekday hours until 11 p.m. on many routes, and added Cherriots Regional weekday trips.

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 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.

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