General FAQs

  1. What is the Gorge TransLink Alliance?
    The Gorge TransLink Alliance is a coordinated network of rural transportation providers, human services organizations, and public planning agencies seeking to enhance connectivity between communities and regional mobility for residents and visitors of the Mid-Columbia River Gorge. Find a full list of Gorge TransLink Alliance members and supporters by clicking on the "About Us" tab above.

  2. What is the difference between Gorge TransLink and The Link Public Transit?
    Gorge TransLink is the overarching collaborative network of public transit providers in the Mid-Columbia River Gorge region, whereas The Link Public Transit is the local public transit provider serving The Dalles area with Dial-A-Ride transportation and weekly shopping trips. Click here for information about The Link Public Transit.

  3. I didn't realize that there is public transportation in the Gorge, what services are available and where can I travel?
    Public transportation service is available in each of the following counties: Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties in Oregon and Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington. There are weekly fixed route services that connect the cities of Hood River and The Dalles, Carson/Stevenson and Vancouver, White Salmon/Bingen and Hood River, and The Dalles/Hood River and Portland. Find information about each public transit provider in our region under the "Providers" tab above.

  4. Can I ride public transportation to get to Portland?
    Yes, both Columbia Area Transit and the Columbia Gorge Express provide bus service to Portland from Hood River.

  5. Is there any passenger rail service available in the Gorge?
    Yes, Amtrak offers passenger trains between Wishram, Bingen, and Portland.
    Click here for more information on rail service in the Gorge. Unfortunately, there is no longer passenger rail service on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.

  6. What are my transportation options if I work late or need to travel on weekends and can't ride the bus?
    The best option currently available to commuters who cannot make use of public transit services in the region is Drive Less Connect, an online ride-matching tool. Click here for more information about carpooling and vanpooling in the Gorge.