Our Organization

At Cherriots, we create community connections. We are a public agency providing bus service over a 76 square mile area in Salem, Keizer, and the mid-Willamette Valley.

Voters approved the formation of the Salem Area Mass Transit District at the November 6, 1979 general election. That’s still our legal name, but now we use the name Cherriots for all our transportation services. This operating name originated in 1966 when the City of Salem operated the transit system. It reflects Salem’s Cherry City nickname and a play on the word “chariots.”

Local property taxes, as well as state and federal money, provide funding for our transit agency. With those funds, we provide local bus service in Salem and Keizer, as well as regional express service to towns in Marion and Polk counties.

Our Cherriots Local fleet consists of 64 buses, which are 35 and 40 feet long. Our Cherriots Regional fleet has a dozen buses. We also operate Cherriots LIFT, a paratransit service for those who can’t safely and independently use our regular bus service.

​Thanks to the passage of House Bill 2017, we’ve rolled out the largest service expansion in our history. State funding from HB 2017 has helped restore services lost to deep budget cuts in 2009. Starting in September 2019, we restored Saturday bus service, extended weekday hours until 11 p.m. on many routes, and added Cherriots Regional weekday trips. In September 2021, we added Sunday service for the first time in our history!


We deliver valued mobility options that inspire community pride.


Creating Community Connections.


Communication – I promote an open, respectful dialogue with our customers, community partners, and teammates.
Humility – I will serve others with compassion and empathy.
Excellence – I will deliver a world class customer experience.
Respect – I will honor our team and community with my words, actions, and behaviors.
Resourceful – I will adapt to find efficient and innovative ways to overcome challenges and be willing to take initiative to achieve success.
Inclusive – I recognize and honor diversity and will act with integrity, promoting decisions and actions that are equitable and align with being an inclusive agency.
Ownership – I am empowered to take actions that contribute to good stewardship and community trust.
Transparency – I invite trust by fostering honesty and credibility in the eyes of others.
Safety – I own my role in ensuring Cherriots provides a safe, clean, and secure experience.

To learn more about our organization, choose one of the following topics:

Leadership Team

Our staff dedicated to serving you

Board of Directors

The legal governing body of Cherriots

Advisory Committees

Citizens serving as specialized advisers to the Board of Directors

Equity and Access

Cherriots respects civil rights and creates access for all

Accountability and Transparency

Access to our records, reports, and financial documents

Civil Rights (Title VI)

Cherriots respects everyone’s civil rights


Tips to make it a safe trip, every time


Rules of the road to make a pleasant trip for all riders

Community Involvement

Cherriots invests in our community


Current and future plans for enhancing service for our riders

Getting Involved

There are many ways to make your voice heard at Cherriots

Public Meetings and Notices

Open meetings and public notices about Cherriots business

History of Cherriots

Highlights from 1979 to the present day

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions regarding services, operations, fares, and our organization

Organization Directory

Contact information for departments at Cherriots

Our Work with the Government

Working with government leaders to promote transit


Working with partners to promote transit and transportation options

Transportation Options

Empowering people to navigate their community in ways that improve livability and quality of life