Of the Keizertimes

As it turns out, there will not be a new bus stop along Stone Hedge Drive.

In recent weeks, neighbors along the street in the Gubser neighborhood have complained loudly about Salem-Keizer Transit’s plan to bring a bus stop back to Stone Hedge for the first time since 2009. There have been five letters in this paper the last two weeks, as well as spirited discussion on the Nextdoor social networking site.

When new Cherriots routes go into effect Tuesday, Sept. 3, there won’t be such a stop. The new routes come on the heels of July’s opening of the Keizer Transit Center.

“Route 18 was expanded in response to a desire we heard from the community for more service into the Gubser and Clear Lake neighborhoods,” said Sadie Carney, director of Community Relations for Cherriots. “Route 18 had some extra time on it, which means operators are finishing faster than other routes they are meeting at the Keizer Transit Center. They would sit in one place and wait for other buses to catch up. They were marking time.

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