MEET THE CANDIDATES May 18th Election – Pioneer Series: Linda Adler, Tillamook County Transportation District Board Director, Position 3

EDITOR’S NOTE: The May 18th ballot features dozens of opportunities to serve your community on local boards for our schools, ports, transportation district, recreation districts, water districts, fire districts and more. There is not a voters pamphlet for a primary/special election, therefore the Pioneer provides this opportunity for candidates to tell voters about themselves and the position they are seeking, even if running unopposed.
Tillamook County Pioneer CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT – 5 minute “why we should vote for you” pitch; include information about why you are running for the position and your TOP 3 most-important-issues facing the board/organization you wish to serve on.

MEET THE CANDIDATE: Linda Adler, Tillamook County Transportation District Board Director, Position 3

Hi! My name is Linda Adler and I’m running for Reelection for the Board of Directors of the Tillamook County Transportation District.
All my life I have always volunteered and given freely of my time. from soup kitchens, to clean the beach and helping with at risk youth. Those of you that know me, already know that about me.
The most humbling of all my experiences was the 5 years I worked at Marie Mills Center, it was there I developed an understanding for transportation needs for those that cannot drive or afford a car,
That was when I decided I wanted to give my time to the Tillamook County Transportation District.
Since joining the board of Directors, we have worked in conjunction with the local tribe and we are now managing the Lincoln City to Grand Ronde- Salem route
Another amazing innovation is that we are converting our entire fleet to propane, giving us sustainability, making us environmentally friendly and it’s cost effective
When reelected my plan is to bring our focus back into the county. Starting with getting equal coverage for the entire county. Currently, south county only has 4 trips, while their neighbors to the north and west enjoy 6 to 7 trips daily.
With the exception of Tillamook, South County has the highest year-round population, combined with the lowest median income, therefore they are the most dependent on Public Transportation.
TCTD currently provides a FREE bus in Pacific City that offers rides to tourists to get from the various parking lots to the Cape Kawanda Beach. I propose that we expand this to include Sand Lake road. These residents have no access to public transportation.
A dedicated Sand Lake Road Loop would solve this great disparity.
Another area that has been overlooked is Miami Foley Road, a dedicated bus to cover this loop would also be a great advantage to our neighbors to the north.
Dial a ride was created to bridge the gap to the non-coverage areas. I’ve been told that they are difficult to reserve and sometime have to make a reservation a week in advance. Instead of raised the fares, I would like to find an affordable way for all, who need it, to get transportation to and from Tillamook, this is the town offers the most services.
There has been discussion of running buses both directions within Tillamook, this would be a great service if we were able to successfully get it done.
When you get your ballots, I ask you to vote for me Position #3, Tillamook County Transportation District. Linda Adler. I want to bring balance to the entire county.