If you ride Northeast Oregon Public Transit buses, soon you will have one more reason to justify it. Northeast Oregon Public Transit has announced it will eliminate all fares beginning July 1st. Every transportation service provided in Union County will be free less than two months from now, because of additional funding from a new Oregon payroll tax. . Some of the money will also be used to expand services, such as boosting the number of buses running on the fixed route in La Grande and Island City from one to two and expanding the number of stops.