The DRAFT 2019 Micro-Transit Pilot Study Report is available for download. Feedback from partner agencies has been requested and will be incorporated into the final report in late January 2020. Data from the demonstration period, being conducted from Jan. 6 through March 31, 2020, will be provided as an addendum to this report.
In sprint 2019 OSU-Cascades authorized a contract with Downtowner to pilot test Ride Bend, an on-demand, app-based, dynamically-routed transit solution in Bend. Within the defined service area, Downtowner picks up riders at their door and shuttles them to their destination with others heading the same way. The service will enhance overall mobility and reduce parking demand and congestion in popular areas of Bend (including Downtown Bend, the Old Mill District, and along the busy Galveston Avenue corridor). Funding has been provided by the City of Bend, the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization, Visit Bend, and St. Charles Health System. In-kind donations provided by Cascades East Transit and the Downtown Bend Business Association.
The goals of the short-duration pilot study are to: