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For more information regarding upcoming projects/bids/RFPs, contact the Transportation Coordinator at 541-754-1748.

What's New with BAT?

May 15th, 2022 - Integration with Amtrak

Are you planning to take the train? Let Benton Area Transit take you to the station! You can now book a train ticket directly to or from Corvallis, OSU, Philomath, Toledo, or Newport. Our Coast to Valley Express service is now an extension of the national passenger rail system. Just head over to Amtrak.com to book your ride.

April 19th, 2022 - Federal Mask Requirement Lifted for Public Transportation

As a result of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

In addition, effective immediately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not enforce its mask-related Security Directives. TSA is also withdrawing its Security Directive 1582/84-21-01E, which was issued on April 15, 2022, and was scheduled to take effect today.

In connection with the federal mask requirement begin lifting, ODOT Public Transportation Division would like to add that the March 11, 2022 letter from the Oregon Health Authority on mask mandates no longer requires general indoor masking requirement but does not prohibit a governmental entity, business, or workplace from requiring that individuals wear masks. Individuals who wish to continue to wear masks to protect against COVID-19 are free to do so.

January 2nd, 2022 - Coast to Valley Express Schedule Change

Starting January 2nd, 2022, the Coast to Valley Express service, a jointly-operated commuter bus service between Albany, Corvallis, and Newport, will undergo a small schedule change to address on-time performace issues. The new schedule to be implemented can be found by clicking here. Primarily, the stops within Philomath and Corvallis in the eastbound direction will be effected by this change. 

Welcome to "Outreach October"

Starting October 1st, BAT will be looking for your feedback! All of our fixed-route services will have opportunities for riders to fill out an on-board ridership survey and we will be contacting all BAT Lift passengers as well. If you currently do not use the service but wish to provide your feedback, you can provide input using our online survey as well. Accessible formats can be requested by calling 541-766-6700. Our surveys will wrap up on November 1st. 

Interested in helping your community?

Benton County is looking for individuals to serve on its Special Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC). The STAC meets about twice per year to help BAT staff with decisions and to provide recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on issues that may impact seniors and individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in joining the STAC, please visit the STAC webpage or call our office (541-766-6700) for an application.

June 6th, 2021 - BAT is no longer limiting the number of individuals who can be on a vehicle at one time! However, Face Coverings are still REQUIRED until further notice!

July 1st, 2021 - Coast to Valley Express Schedule and Fare Change

The Coast to Valley Express will be changing its service schedule on July 1st, 2021 in preparation of a service expansion that is expected in late 2021. In addition to the schedule change, our fares are being reduced from $10.00 each way to only $6.00 each way (only $5.00 between Corvallis and Newport).

June 2021 - Mobile Ticketing Now Available!

Users of our service can now purchase bus passes and fares on their phones using the Token Transit App. Simply pay using the app and show your driver the validated pass when you board the bus.

June 1st, 2021 - Live Passenger Predictions are available now!

Real-time passenger data can now be found on our website. this information lets you know where your bus is and when your bus is expected to arrive at a specific stop.

May 19th, 2021 - Introducing Benton Area Transit

Noticing anything different around town? Benton County has rebranded its transit service as Benton Area Transit.

May 3rd, 2021 - North Albany Service Change

Service for seniors and individuals with disabilities has been overhauled between Corvallis and North Albany. Service now operates as a bus on a schedule instead of individual scheduled rides. The bus can deviate for individuals who have been certified through BAT. Apply online or call the eligibility line (541-766-6318) to be certified for door-to-door service.

April 29th, 2021 - Find BAT on the Transit App!

Our services can be found on the Transit App, a universal app that includes many other transit providers that makes getting around easy for transit users. 

September 14th, 2020 - 99 Express Will Restart
June 8th, 2020 - Coast to Valley Express Will Restart
March 27th, 2020 - Benton County Transportation Coronavirus (COVID-19) Service Update
January 1st, 2020 - Happy New Year! Children Now Ride Free on the Coast to Valley Express!
November 5th, 2019 - Amtrak Connector Replaced by Coast to Valley Express Expansion

 

 

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