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CC Rider offering 'Black Friday' shuttle

New service to give passengers round-trip transportation to local stores

For a modest round-trip fare, Columbia County Rider will shuttle shoppers to big-box stores in Scappoose and St. Helens on the biggest day of the year for major retailers.

CC Rider will operate a shuttle on Friday, Nov. 28 — so-called “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, when the holiday shopping season traditionally kicks off — to transport people to and from stores like Fred Meyer in Scappoose and Rite-Aid, Walgreens and Wal-Mart in St. Helens.

“We thought we’d do something a little special,” said Janet Wright, transit director.

The shuttle will stop to pick up passengers at the senior centers in Scappoose and St. Helens, as well as assisted living centers like Avamere at St. Helens, Columbia Hills Retirement Center and Emeritus at Rose Valley. It will operate between about 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday.

Special arrangements can be made for pickups elsewhere if people call CC Rider dispatch ahead of time, Wright said.

Round-trip fare for the shuttle is $2.50.

“It’s basically to give people a deal to get to the deals,” Wright said.

A similar shuttle service was planned for north Columbia County, but Wright said Thursday that plan was shelved due to a lack of interest. The shuttle would have taken riders to Longview, Wash.

Scheduled pickup times

Transit director Janet Wright provided a tentative schedule of where and when passengers will be picked up by the shuttle. Times may be subject to change.

• St. Helens Senior Center: 7:45 a.m.

• Columbia Hills Retirement Center and Spring Meadows Assisted Living Community: 8 a.m.

• Avamere at St. Helens: 8:30 a.m.

• Scappoose Senior Center: 8:45 a.m

• Emeritus at Rose Valley: 9 a.m.

Individuals who are unable to meet the shuttle at one of these scheduled pickups can call 503-366-0159 to make special arrangements.

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