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Communities with public transit systems not only grow, they thrive.

The Salem Area Mass Transit District, more commonly known as Cherriots, is a community lifeline connecting people to the places where they live, work, learn, shop, and play..

Formed in 1979 as a municipal corporation, Cherriots provides fixed-route, paratransit, regional, and rideshare services. The Cherriots mission, connecting people with places through safe, friendly and reliable public transportation services, fosters meaningful participation support for public transit from the community. Cherriots buses provide transportation throughout Marion and Polk counties with easy connections to other counties and cities, including Wilsonville.

The well-maintained Cherriots fleet of 64 buses runs on clean diesel or compressed natural gas. Each is ADA accessible with front-load bike racks that accommodate up to two bicycles at a time. In addition to the 64 fixed-route buses, Cherriots operates 15 regional buses, and 45 paratransit vehicles.

People depend on Cherriots to meet their transportation needs and expect a safe, friendly and reliable experience with every ride.


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