Valley Retriever Closed

As of Monday the Valley Retriever Bus lines, which have been providing daily round trips between Newport and Bend and between Newport and Portland, has closed. Last week, the owner of Valley Retriever notified the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it would not meet the May 15 deadline for addressing safety-related documentation that was needed to be provided to the state during a March review. The owner of the business recently inherited the business from her deceased husband and works a separate full time job. She said she was not able to provide the state and federal inspectors that paperwork that they wanted in the time frame given and was told that an extension was not possible.  ODOT’s Rail and Public Transit Division maintains a website listing transportation options and is working with other transit providers to help travelers make connections. For transportation options from Newport, contact Lincoln County Transit, 541-265-4900.