Cascades East Transit plans to expand bus service in Bend with two new routes. Routes 8 and 9 will serve northeast and southeast Bend respectively. CET began work on these routes in 2019 following updates to the 2040 Transit Master Plan. The pandemic slowed public outreach, but work continued based on extensive feedback from local residents and businesses. New route paths were identified and construction began in 2022 on the new bus stop locations. The new routes will open pending driver recruitment.
Cascades East Transit is currently hiring new drivers to drive routes in Bend through our contracted partner MTM Transit. Learn more and apply here.
Update, October 2023: Route 9 from 15th Street to Murphy Road has opened!
See a draft version of the proposed Route 8 in Northeast Bend: