Connecting the coast

Travelers experience first rides on the new Florence to Yachats Connector Service

Sept. 5, 2018 — Lane Transit District’s Florence to Yachats Connector Service began running on Tuesday.

Rick Dias, one of the drivers for the new route, said, “The first trip went really well. I had a few passengers and the bus handled perfectly. The customers really enjoyed the ride.”

Don Patton, a member of the Florence Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), was one of the first people to take a ride on the new coastal route.

“We have been working on this route for about four years,” he said. “I just rode down from Yachats and it is the most beautiful drive. It is just a spectacular view; the bus is really comfortable, and the trip was just fantastic.”

The service will make four round trips each weekday, with weekend service planned for a future date. The vehicle used on the route has been designed to accommodate riders with mobility issues and bicycles.

“I think that once people get to know about the Florence to Yachats Connector, they will use it regularly,” Dias said.

For a complete schedule of the route, call 541-902-2067.