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Twin Transit: Driven By Community Service
The COVID-19 Pandemic brought unique health, social and economic challenges to Lewis County. Like many transit agencies, Twin Transit implemented sterilization practices and adjusted routes and hours to protect clients and staff, but these initial steps were just the beginning.
Over the last year, Twin Transit has dedicated itself to developing a culture of service, with a focus on problem solving through community collaboration. This culture drove the organization’s response to COVID-19, and its ensuing social and economic repercussions. As the pandemic spread, the question was not simply “what should we do,” but “how can we help?”
As COVID-19 restrictions impacted Lewis County, Twin Transit partnered with the Centralia Chehalis Chamber of Commerce to supply local first responders with adequate personal protective equipment. They also assisted the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis to help provide a safe place for first responders’ children during the outbreak. In addition, Twin Transit partnered with Twin Cities Rotary to launch a “Vegetables in a Bucket” program, which provided healthy, nourishing micro-gardens to seniors in need.
When Mountain Highway Transit, a neighboring transit agency, had to temporarily close, Twin Transit extended routes into the affected area. This temporary extension of services ensured rural residents who depend on public transit could continue to access grocery stores and medical appointments during the COVID-19 shutdown.
One of the most urgent local issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was the loss of a healthy food supply for senior citizens. Lewis County is a high poverty area, where many older individuals depend on senior center meals for nutrition and economic relief. Traditionally, these meals are served in a group setting at each senior center location. When COVID-19 hit, this model was no longer safe or viable.
Twin Transit partnered with Lewis County Seniors and United Way of Lewis County to continue senior meal service though home delivery. Lewis County Seniors prepared the meals, United Way handled fundraising and volunteer recruitment, and Twin Transit covered logistics and delivery. This model connected local seniors with nutritional meals during the height of the COVID-19 crisis. These three agencies rose to the challenge as need for the program escalated, quickly growing to serve over 650 seniors 4,600 meals per week.
This collaborative model was so successful, Twin Transit broadened their scope, inviting other community nonprofits, agencies and organizations to connect and collaborate. This led to the formation of the Lewis County Community Services Coalition (LCCSC) in March of 2020.
The group quickly grew to involve a diverse array of entities including Hub City Mission, Lewis County Health and Social Services, Rural Senior Health Solutions, Cascade Community Healthcare, Gather Church, Salvation Army, Visiting Nurses, Catholic Community Services, Lewis County mask makers, KACS Radio, Hope Alliance, and Lewis County Veterans.
These organizations worked to build connectivity and a streamlined community response through twice-weekly virtual meetings. Together, they assessed need and generated innovative and collaborative solutions to the negative effects of COVID-19.
At the height of the COVID-19 crisis, LCCSC organizations provided over 5,400 meals and 1,000 food boxes each week. They also developed and launched a behavioral health response that included a call-in hotline, senior welfare checks, mental engagement, and resource education. They initiated awareness campaigns to promote voluntary masking, COVID-19 safety practices, stress management and coping tools, early childhood intervention services, available resources, and more.
Their ultimate goal? To “collaborate to forward social equity, reduce poverty, and improve life in Lewis County.”
This collaborative model garnered attention from Washington State representatives, who are now working in coordination with the group to proliferate the model State-wide. LCCSC’s dynamic approach is seen as key to strengthening individual communities, developing effective emergency response and effectively addressing food insecurity.
By combining the skills and resources of diverse entities, Twin Transit and the Lewis County Community Services Coalition are building a future of social stability, economic prosperity and limitless potential for our community – during and after COVID-19.
Twin Transit Goes Green
On June 5, Twin Transit placed an official order for two electric buses. These new vehicles will power environmentally friendly public transit between Centralia and Chehalis, starting in November of 2020.
The electric buses are only the first step in a new wave of green technology integration. Twin Transit will soon begin construction on two electric transit stations, each outfitted with wave induction charging to power the electric buses in-route. Each e-transit station will also offer electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle and pedestrian access, and visual enhancements. These projects will be the first of their kind in Lewis County.
It’s an exciting time at Twin Transit. As new technology is embraced, the foundation is laid for widespread adoption, environmentally friendly solutions, and economic invigoration. We see remarkable things on the horizon!
Riding the bus just got a whole lot easier! You can now purchase single-use, daily, and monthly passes right from your cell phone or other mobile device. Simply download the Token Transit app by clicking here or through the Apple Store or Google Play.
The app will prompt you to fill in your phone number and grant location permissions. Once this is complete, simply ensure Twin Transit is selected as your default provider and you’re good to go. It’s as easy as that.
Now hopping on Twin Transit is as easy as tapping a button.
Twin Transit Events
Celebrate with us! Throughout the year, Twin Transit hosts and participates in a variety of fun community events. We love nothing more than coming together with our partners and creating an event that brings our community closer together. Click on the following links to view some of the highlights and upcoming event details:
Thank You to Our Strong Community Partners
Twin Transit believes in collaboration. We know that building strong relationships between agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other organizations is key to community success and vitality.
We want to say THANK YOU to our amazing community partners. Working with you is an honor and a privilege. You are making this world a better place.