SEASIDE - The new NorthWest POINT bus, connecting Portland and the North Coast, will bring a group of volunteers, and a handful of gifts from Portland Mayor Sam Adams, to Seaside on Saturday for the annual SOLV beach cleanup. The bus will then travel up and down the North Coast, stopping in Astoria and Cannon Beach for events where community members and transit supporters will celebrate the new 51-passenger, Wi-Fi bus service.

The bus will leave Union Station in Portland at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, and arrive at the Seaside Turnaround at 9:50 a.m., when SOLV volunteers will unload as Seaside Mayor Don Larson exchanges gifts. The bus will arrive at the Astoria Transit Center at 11:15 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. NW POINT will then go back to Seaside to pick up volunteers for trip back to Portland, stopping at the Cannon Beach Store at 1:45 p.m.

The new regular bus service begins Sunday. Operated by Oregon Coachways, the NW POINT will run two round-trips per day with morning and evening departures from both Astoria and Portland, seven days a week. For information, schedules and fares, go to