If you are new to the Corvallis Transit System (CTS), Night Owl, or Philomath Connection - welcome! You can save money and keep our skies cleaner by riding public transit to work, school, shopping and special events.
If you have any questions, the bus driver will gladly help but please do not distract the driver while the bus is in motion. CTS also offers free travel training to persons who just need a little coaching in order to use the CTS fixed-route system. If you would like travel training, please contact the Transit Coordinator.
Reading a CTS Map
If you find the printed CTS bus schedule confusing, you may find it helpful to review the How to Read a CTS Map guide.
How to Ride a Bus
If you have never ridden a bus before you might be nervous about giving it a try but we think you will find it easy, friendly and a great way to get around inexpensively. Simply follow these steps.
Planning Your Route
At the Bus Stop
Boarding the Bus
Riding and Exiting
Planning Your Route:
If you are not sure which bus to take to get to your destination, we have lots of tools to help you.
- You can review our route maps and schedules to determine which routes work best for you.
- Try Google Transit. Google Transit is an easy trip planner that allows you to enter your start and ending destinations and what time you would like to leave or arrive. It will tell you where to catch the bus, which bus number you need, and where to get off the bus. It often lists several different walk/bus options from which you can choose.
- You can call CTS at 541-766-6998 and our customer service representative will help you plan your trip.
***Important Tip!*** Watch for "Service Alerts" that might affect the route you will be riding. Alerts are issued if buses have to be detoured, if service has been suspended (like on holidays), or if a bus stop has been closed, even temporarily. Alerts are published as often as information becomes available, so check it frequently.
At the Bus Stop:
Always arrive to the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive.
As the bus approaches, confirm the route number and name by checking the sign above the windshield. It is helpful to stay near the bus stop sign and wave to the driver. (Do not step into the street.) When it is dark and you might not been seen, wave a small flashlight or lit cell phone to catch the driver's attention.
Boarding the Bus:
Allow the bus to a complete stop before you attempt to board. The driver may ask you to wait to board if there are passengers in wheelchairs attempting to get off at your stop; please allow them to disembark before you enter the bus. If you are traveling with your bicycle, read about bikes on buses.
All CTS buses are ADA equipped. If you need assistance boarding, ask the driver to lower the bus ("kneel" the bus) so that the stairs drop down to curb height, or ask the driver to lower the boarding ramp. The Philomath Connection (PC) bus has a lift which the driver will operate. If you are traveling in a wheelchair, the driver will assist you with strapping it in place. Strollers must be folded before boarding.
All CTS buses and the late night Night Owl service are fareless so any person wishing to ride CTS or the Night Owl may do so without paying a fare. Simply come aboard! If you are traveling on the PC, have your fare, coupon, or OSU ID ready; the driver can not make change.
If you will be transferring to another bus, let the driver know. Transfer slips are not issued however the driver can help ensure you make your connection by radioing the other bus driver to wait for your arrival.
Move immediately to a vacant seat. Priority seats for seniors and passengers with disabilities are located closest to the driver. When a person in a wheelchair is boarding, people seated near the lift or ramp are required to move to make room for that person. If you must stand, hold on to the railings or seat backs.
Riding and Exiting
While on board, follow the Code of Conduct for safety and courtesy on the bus; report any concerns to the bus driver.
Watch for your stop. When your stop is just ahead, signal the driver by pulling the gray cord that runs just below the windows.
Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop. Gather your belongings and be sure you don’t leave anything behind when you leave the bus. Please depart the bus from the back door, when possible.
Thank you for riding public transportation!