For the past few years the Columbia Gorge Express has been taking passengers between Portland and Hood River with a few stops in between in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Now the Hood River based Columbia Area Transit (CAT) has taken over operations of the Columbia Gorge Express and is offering an enticing yearly pass on its operations. This is a great way to visit the Oregon breweries that are located along Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge.
Now through May 18, 2020, you can purchase an annual GOrge Pass valid through December 31, 2020 on CAT for only $30. This pass will take you between Portland and The Dalles with stops in between at Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, and Hood River. During the winter months the CAT service includes the Gorge to Mountain Express that provides transportation between Hood River and Mt. Hood Meadows. Then in the warmer months CAT service provides rides on the Hood River Pink Trolley.
The CAT’s Columbia Gorge Express picks up in Portland at the TriMet Gatway Transit Center. This also makes for an easy way to access the Gorge from the Portland International Airport. You can even take a bicycle along and search the web with the bus’s wifi. Here is the link to Columbia Gorge Express and CAT schedule.
Purchasing a GOrge Pass is easy. The new introductory rate is $30 Adults and $15 Children Under 17 & Hood River Community ID Holders. This includes unlimited rides on all CAT fixed-route services, including CGE to Portland and the GTM ski bus. After the introductory rate, the yearly pass will increase to $90. Purchase a Virtual Pass online to download to your phone by clicking here.
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D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.