Hermiston residents may notice fake bus stops near their homes and businesses for the next week. Each stop is identified as a proposed stop for a new intra-city bus route planned to start operations in early January, and is intended to let the public know about the proposed new service, and get feedback about the proposed route (PDF) and stop locations (PDF). The system is planned to operate Monday through Friday from approximately 9am to approximately 4pm. The City’s Public Transit Advisory Committee will be meeting to make a final recommendation to the City Council about the proposed service at 5 p.m. on November 1 at Hermiston City Hall, and will be accepting public comment on the service.
The new fixed-route bus system in Hermiston also needs a name. KAYAK Public Transit operates various bus routes between Pendleton and other communities, and those routes have names like, “Hermiston Hopper,” “Walla Walla Wistler,” “Pilot Rocket,” and others. The City of Hermsiton’s Public Transit Advisory Committee recommended several names for the new route in Hermiston including, “HART- Hermiston Area Regional Transit,” “Hermiston Looper,” “Watermelon Express,” and “Bulldog Express.” A survey will allow the community to pick their favorite name, and the PTAC will consider the community’s response in its recommendations to the City and to KAYAK. Take the survey HERE (external link).