Many veterans in our community have found the next steps in their careers by joining the Lane Transit District workforce in Eugene, Oregon. As the Director of Fleet Management, Eric Evers and his team work to make sure LTD’s busses are safe and reliable. Eric joined LTD after a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. Ronda, a Bus Operator, was a motor transport operator in the U.S. Army for five years, and she found driving a bus for LTD to be a comfortable transition. They both feel LTD offers the ability to continue to serve the public while working on a supportive team. After completing our top-notch, in-house training, they now enjoy excellent wages and benefits. They encourage other veterans to consider joining LTD.
Gas prices and wear and tear on your vehicle can make commuting to work expensive, but Lane Transit District offers a way to help commuters save money by “pooling” their resources: vanpooling. A vanpool generally consists of 5-10 people a great option for people who commute at least 35 miles each way and work in close proximity. In this video, Nick Fleury and Jennifer Grant share their experiences using a vanpool to commute from Eugene to Corvallis. Madeline Saldana, a Transportation & Outreach Marketing Specialist with LTD, discusses the benefits of vanpooling and how easy it is to get started.
Lane Transit District offers an easy way for passengers to plan their trips, access information and pay their fare: the Umo Mobility app. If you have a smartphone, simply download the free Umo Mobility app from your app store and create an account. Enter your destination in the app and you’ll get real-time information and step-by-step instructions on how to get there. Enter payment information in the app, and Umo generates a unique QR code to show as you board the bus. Umo can even save you money, tracking each purchase so you’ll never spend more money in a given month than the cost of a monthly pass – no matter how many times you ride the bus. Learn more.
Many students who attend college in the Eugene-Springfield area are eligible for free passes to ride LTD buses. Riding the bus is a convenient way for students to get where they need to go and avoid campus parking hassles as well as the added expense of having their own vehicle. When Bella came to the University of Oregon as a freshman, she soon found LTD was a great way to get around town. She says it’s easier than students might think to start riding the bus. Get a code from the school and enter it into the Umo app, and you’re good to go.