South Lane Wheels

We Are More Than Just A Ride

About Us

Trust us with your transportation needs. "We are more than just a ride!"

South Lane Wheels is not just for seniors. Anyone can ride! We are a public transportation system connecting people with where they want to go in South Lane County including Cottage Grove, Creswell, Dorena, Culp Creek, Saginaw, London, and Lorane. These rural communities are very fortunate to have the options of a low cost deviated fixed route, local and metro Dial-A-Ride services, plus group rides within FTA Charter Guidelines.

Established in 1982 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) based in Cottage Grove, our mission is to provide safe, accessible and economical service to those who need transportation to local destinations and as far away as the Eugene/Springfield metro areas. For 33 years we have provided thousands of individuals rides to doctor appointments, shopping, restaurants, residences, nutrition sites, recreation, workplaces, school, and special events.

Last year South Lane Wheels provided approximately 17,300 one way rides to destinations where folks need to go. Whenever possible we grouped riders to better our environment as we drove over 137,000 miles. All of our ten vehicles are wheelchair accessible, which means a lot to the 2,490 rides for folks using mobility devices.

South Lane Wheels is funded by federal, state and local grants, supported by local and in-kind donations, and operated by a dedicated staff and volunteers that believe in our programs. Whenever possible, we partner with area agencies and businesses to maximize our impact. The board of directors provides oversight and conducts a public meeting once a month.

Community Partners

We Believe...

For our communities

  • That building connections to other organizations and people strengthens us all
  • In being more than casually involved
  • That SLW provides vital services that are valuable, dependable and consistent
  • Transportation should be safe, affordable and dependable
  • Our services are a true economic value to everyone, individuals and businesses alike

For our Organization

  • That SLW should focus on its clients' needs
  • The best organization is built of active and involved individuals
  • In obtaining our dreams responsibly
  • In discovering, cultivating and using the strengths of the staff and board of SLW
  • In organizational integrity that fosters respect and dignity
  • That the board of SLW should run the organization in a honest and well-balanced manner while maintaining fiscal responsibility

Our Staff

Ruth Linoz

Executive Director

She enjoys helping the community stay connected using her nineteen years of transit and project management experience. Recipient of the 2014 Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce First Citizen Award.

Misty Hutchinson


Misty is happy to answer any questions callers might have about our services. Her adept scheduling experience helps drivers get you there on time.

Dawn Bryson

Contracted Bookkeeper

Dawn is an expert at handling the financial activities and payroll.

Tim Biggs

Operations Manager

Tim brings driving and vehicle maintenance experience to his operation duties.


Become part of our team

South Lane Wheels is a private, nonprofit with thirty-two years of rural transportation experience. We are proud to offer a variety of services open to the general public while offering accessible vehicles for ease of boarding. Our history of community support and close partnerships with many local and regional agencies has positioned us for the growing needs of our diverse communities.

SLW is committed to the values of working together, taking initiative, being professional, and practicing safety. If you are interested in joining us as we endeavor to provide and improve services to all our diverse communities in ways that are sensitive and responsive to cultural differences, including accessibility for persons with disabilities, we urge you to apply for this position.

South Lane Wheels offers paid holidays, sick leave and vacation benefits to those work assignments that qualify. South Lane Wheels is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Materials are available in alternative formats by calling 541.942.0456 ext 3.

Please mail a completed application form along with your resume to our main office. You may also pick up the REQUIRED application form and job information at the main office at 1450 Birch Avenue, Cottage Grove, OR 97424. Completed applications and resumes may be turned in at the main office or emailed to For additional information call 541.942.0456 ext 3.