Mount Hood Express
ParentClackamas County Social Services
Commenced operation
  • 2004 (Sandy–Rhododendron)
  • 2013 (Sandy–Timberline)
LocaleMount Hood Corridor, Clackamas County, Oregon
Annual ridership72,130 (2019)[1]
OperatorRojoy Services
Websitewww.mthoodexpress.com
Mount Hood Express
Timberline Lodge
Government Camp/Summit Chevron
Government Camp Loop/Collins Lake
Mount Hood Skibowl West
Rhododendron
Dorman Center / Salmon Road Parking
Welches Road Parking
Hoodland Senior Center Parking
Kirkwood Road / Alder Creek Road
Shorty's Corner / SE Firwood Road
Sandy Transit Center Bus interchange
Forestry Center / SE 362nd Parking

Legend
Mount Hood Express (All Days)
Villages Shuttle (Monday-Friday)

The Mount Hood Express (formerly Mountain Express Bus) is a transit system serving Mount Hood Corridor communities in Clackamas County, Oregon, U.S.

The Mount Hood Express travels along Highway 26 from Sandy east to Timberline Lodge, serving multiple ski resorts and the communities of Government Camp, Rhododendron, Zigzag, Welches, Wemme, and Brightwood

Service

The Mount Hood Express operates seven days a week, providing five round trips daily between Sandy and Timberline, with an additional two-round trips during the winter recreation season, December 1 through March 31.[2]

The Mount Hood Express is supplemented by the Villages Shuttle, which provides an additional three local service round-trips from Sandy to Rhododendron, Monday-Friday only.

At the Sandy Transit Center the Mount Hood Express interchanges with the Sandy Area Metro bus system, which can be used to connect with the Portland region transit system TriMet.

Multiple park and ride locations are available at the base of the mountain, in hopes of alleviating parking shortages at the ski resorts and reducing traffic safety concerns on the steep, twisting mountain roads.

Funding

From 2004 to 2013, the Mountain Express provided transportation service along Highway 26 between Sandy and Rhododendron, funded through Oregon's business energy tax credits, a program which ended in 2013.[3]

In 2013, the newly-renamed Mount Hood Express formed a public-private partnership with Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood Skibowl, and The Resort at The Mountain, which provided matching funds for federal lands access program grants, enabling the system to expand bus service up the mountain to Government Camp and Timberline Lodge.[3][4] Also in 2013, the system received funding from the Paul Sarbanes Transit In Parks grant program to purchase new vehicles featuring specialized equipment for transporting skis and snow boards, mountain bikes and other types of recreational equipment.[4]

References

  1. ^ Allen, Brittany (December 31, 2019). "Mt. Hood Express expands services". The Sandy Post. Archived from the original on August 8, 2020. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  2. ^ "Mountain Express expanding services to Government Camp" (PDF). www.clackamas.us. August 20, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions - How is this service funded?". www.mthoodexpress.com. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Aaron Abrams (29 July 2013). "New grant funding expands transportation on Mount Hood" (Press release). Clackamas County. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2014.