The provision of high-quality, available, and reliable transit service fundamentally supports the environment, economic development, and equity for all travelers. Public transit is an important transportation option for people that cannot afford, do not choose, or are unable to drive or bike. Public transit can also complement walking, biking, and/or driving trips: transit riders typically need to use another mode for the “first and last mile” of their trip – the connections between their origin/transit stop and destination/transit stop. Transit riders may walk to and from transit stops and their homes, shopping, or workplaces; drive to park-and-ride locations to access a bus; or bring their bikes on transit vehicles and ride from a transit stop to their destination.
Several transit providers operate in Klamath County as either intercounty/intercity services or regional services connecting Klamath County to other counties such as Deschutes County and Jackson County. The transit providers and their services include:
- Basin Transit Service: fixed-route services in Klamath Falls and dial-a-ride service within the UGB
- Quail Trail Public Transit (operated by the Klamath Tribes): fixed routes between Chiloquin and other cities/communities such as Klamath Falls, Sprague River, Beatty, and Bonanza
- Amtrak Thruway (operated by Pacific Crest Bus lines): service between Chemult and Deschutes County, which connects to the Amtrak train station in Chemult
- Amtrak Rail: passenger rail service along the west coast with two train stations in Klamath County- Chemult and Klamath Falls
- The SouthWest POINT (operated under contract by ODOT): intercity bus service west of Klamath Falls (identified as “Klamath Falls – West, just outside the UGB) with connections to Ashland, Medford, and the northern California and southern Oregon coastlines
The proposed transit projects are primarily programs. Click the "Transit Projects" to the right to explore the projects and provide comments.