GroveLink will make two loops through town starting Monday morning

On Monday morning, after years of discussion, the rubber will finally meet the road when Forest Grove’s long-awaited local transit service picks up its first passengers.

GroveLink, a free service operated by the non-profit Ride Connection, will run a pair of new 14-passenger busses weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. along two loops, with a shared stop at the corner of University Avenue and Main Street. The east loop will extend to Oak Street and include a stop at Forest Grove Hospital at Maple Street and 18th Avenue. The west loop reaches Forest Gale Heights and includes stops at Forest Grove High School and the Trimet bus terminal at 19th Avenue and B Street. Drivers will also pick up passengers who flag them down along the route and drop people off between stops.

On Monday evening, officials from Ride Connection shared the final route map and service schedule with city councilors. They stressed that they will be willing to tweak the routes and schedules if needed.

At the close of the council meeting, Mayor Pete Truax took time to extend a special thanks to councilor Ron Thompson, who has been the city’s leading advocate for extended transit service. Thompson, for his part, said he was very excited at the prospect of seeing the buses roll through town on Monday.

In addition to the general ridership routes, the service will also run a morning and afternoon shuttle to leading worksites in town. All stops will be marked with a GroveLink bus sign. For more information call 503-226-0700.