Southwest POINT connects Oregon communities

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Looking for an affordable, convenient travel option this summer? The Southwest POINT makes 12 stops in and near Brookings, Crescent City, Calif., Smith River, Calif., Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Gold Hill, Medford, White City and Klamath Falls. The new service, which stands for Public Oregon INtercity Transit, began daily runs on April 20.

The POINT provides same day service between Klamath Falls and Brookings and same day round trip service from Klamath Falls to Medford and from Brookings to Medford. Rates range from $13 to $50 for a one-way ticket (adult), offering an affordable and convenient alternative to driving alone or arranging special transportation. Buses are wheelchair accessible and equipped with bicycle racks.

“This is a great way to improve transportation connections for people in southern Oregon,” said Michael Ward, Public Transit Division administrator for the Oregon Department of Transportation. ODOT is providing funding for the new service, which brings people to the national Amtrak and Greyhound bus networks, as well as to local public transit providers.

In addition, passengers can connect with other regional transit systems, including Redwood Coast Transit serving Arcata to Crescent City, Calif.; Curry Public Transit serving the Southern Oregon coast; Josephine County Transit serving Grants Pass, Wolf Creek and Cave Junction; Rogue Valley Transit serving the Greater Medford area, Ashland, Phoenix and Talent; and Basin Transit serving the Klamath Falls area.

“Being able to broaden the alternatives people have for getting from Point A to Point B couldn’t come at a better time,” Ward said.

Tickets for the POINT are available from POINT drivers and wherever Greyhound bus tickets are sold. For service, schedule or ticketing information, visit www.southwest-point.com or call 1-888-900-2609.

Take a POINT picture and win a free ride

Riders on the new Southwest POINT will pass through some of Oregon’s most beautiful scenery on their trips. What better way to preserve a scenic moment than with a picture?

The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Southwest POINT are sponsoring a photo contest for POINT riders. Ride the POINT, take a picture of your trip, the scenery along the route or another aspect of your ride and submit it. It could win you two free tickets on the Southwest POINT, and your picture could appear in the September 10 edition of Moving Ahead with ODOT.

The rules are simple:

Email or mail your Southwest POINT-related photograph along with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if applicable), a brief description of the photo and the date you rode the POINT to:

Inside.ODOT@odot.state.or.us or
Southwest POINT Photo Contest
Oregon Department of Transportation
355 Capitol St. NE, Room 135
Salem, OR 97301

Entries are due by 5 p.m., August 20, 2009. One entry is allowed per person. Photos will not be returned. The winner will be notified by telephone or email.

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