Warm Springs to get $350k federal grant to replace transit vehicles

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will receive a $350,000 federal grant to replace two aging transit vehicles.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and will help Warm Springs residents reach schools, health care, work and other places outside the sprawling reservation, according to a press release from Oregon’s U.S. Senators, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden.

“The economic impact from COVID-19 has landed hard on Oregon’s tribes, making it more crucial than ever to continue investments that provide infrastructure support during this crisis and afterward,” Wyden wrote in the release.

Cascades East Transit, Central Oregon’s public transportation agency, has a bus service that stops at multiple points in the reservation, as well as takes residents to the nearby city of Madras.