Area Briefs

Transit service to Oakridge is back

On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service shifted the Cedar Creek Fire designation from a Level 3 (Go Now) evacuation order to a Level 2 (Be Set) for Oakridge and Westfir, Lane Transit District’s (LTD) Diamond Express bus service between Oakridge and Eugene has resumed its regular schedule with the round-trip leaving Oakridge at 4:01 p.m., with a short detour.

After departing Eugene from the Willamette Street bus stop, the Diamond Express will make a stop at 5:45 p.m. at the Lane County Fairgrounds to pick up passengers staying at the emergency evacuation center before heading back to Oakridge.

The Diamond Express is back to regular service, with an added stop from the Lane County Fairgrounds at 7:50 a.m., 10:50 a.m., and 5:45 p.m.

LTD had suspended Oakridge service on Sept. 9, to divert the Diamond Express bus as well as three 40-foot buses and six RideSource vehicles to help evacuate Oakridge residents in the wake of the Cedar Creek Fire.

During Friday’s evacuation, LTD’s RideSource team took 21 passengers to Lane Community College. Traveling with those passengers were 20 dogs and five cats. The District’s 40-foot buses brought 35 passengers and their pets to safety. In addition, LTD provided 160 fare-free bus passes for those staying at LCC and the Fairgrounds to use for travel around the area to visit friends and family, go to appointments or shop via regularly scheduled LTD bus service.

Springfield schools, Willamalane trained on active shooting scenarios

The Springfield Police Department provided active shooter response training to over 1,500 employees over the course of four days from Springfield Public Schools and Willamalane Parks & Recreation District. 

Training for Springfield Public Schools took place across three days and provided training for nearly every SPS employee. This training consisted of large group presentations, instructor-lead small group education and simulated event scenarios. 

Law enforcement officers from the Eugene Police Department and the Lane County Sheriff’s Office supported the large-scale training that processed roughly 500 staff a day. 

“The safety of the Springfield community relies on strong partnerships like those that exist today with SPS and Willamalane,” said SPD chief Andrew Shearer. 




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