There is a new transit shuttle route being offered by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council between Bend and La Pine that goes into effect this Monday the 4th. Here’s some text from the email I received:
Beginning Monday, August 4, the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) will begin offering a new shuttle route between Bend and La Pine.
COIC has added a completely new route to accommodate people living in South County who work from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or traditionally, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
"We want clients to understand that this schedule is only a starting point for the new route to and from South County," said COIC Operations Director Karen Fenty Friend. "This schedule will adjust through time, but for now it gives transportation options to La Pine residents who need to travel to Bend doctor appointments or to work," she said.
Apparently, there was a non-profit transit shuttle between the two towns but that’s being halted on Friday—and it was such a vital service that COIC stepped in to help.
I’m not totally clear on the backstory, but it looks like COIC has an entity known as "Cascades East Transit" which provides shuttle service between area towns—prior to adding this new La Pine route. They require reservations and round-trip fares are $6.25 ($5 for seniors and the disabled). I’ve attached their revised schedule here (PDF).
I didn’t know there was such a service (beyond BAT); seems to me that’s something the COIC or somebody should be advertising and talking about more.