Due to state-wide COVID-19 restrictions, Twin Transit bus capacity will be limited. Priority boarding will go to those who are traveling to work or medical appointments. Twin Transit recommends all riders wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.
The regular Board Meeting of the Lewis Public Transportation Benefit Area
(dba Twin Transit) originally scheduled for June 16th, 2020 at 8:00 am has been postponed.
The next regular Board Meeting will be held virtually on June 30th, at 8:00 a.m. To access the meeting, call 1-509-824-1900 and enter Conference ID: 721 779 78#.
Twin Transit will resume weekend and evening service beginning on July 6, 2020. From this date forward, bus service will operate Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fare collection will resume on July 1, 2020. Passes will be available beginning on June 25 through the Token Transit app, at the Centralia Safeway and at Fullers.
Contact Info@TwinTransit.org for further information.
Twin Transit buses will not operate on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Service will resume on Tuesday, May 26.
Twin Transit’s fare collection system will resume on July 1, 2020. From this date moving forward, fares will be $1 per ride, $2 per day or $20 per month.
Mountain Highway Transit has resumed East County service, effective Monday, May 19. For more information on current routes and mask requirements, call 360-496-5404 or click here.
The stay home, stay safe order is an important aspect of Washington State’s defense against the COVID-19 virus. But prolonged isolation can be difficult to weather. Here are a few tips and tricks from the team at Cascade Community Healthcare to help you make it through:
1. Focus on what you can do in the moment
This may be a project, coloring, watching something funny online, and so on.
2. Don’t look too far forward or too far back
Stay focused on one day at a time.
3. Spend time outside
4. Follow a normal daily routine, just like you would if you weren’t staying home
5. Reach out to a friend
6. Volunteer for a good cause
You’ll find many opportunities to help at VolunteerLewis.org.
It can be as simple as going for a walk.
8. Take the news in small doses
It’s important to stay up to date but constantly monitoring the news can be overwhelming and disheartening. Checking the news once per day – or even every few days – is enough to keep you in the loop without being negatively impacted.
9. Get your news from reliable sources
There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and false, misleading or biased stories cause unnecessary stress. Make sure your news sources are unbiased and reputable. Check out this link for some good assessment tools.
And click here for tips on how to spot fake newsProcess your experiences and emotions on a daily basis, using this helpful guideline
10. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling?”
If depressed/sad, ask:
- Why am I feeling what I’m feeling?
- Acknowledge that feeling depressed or sad is okay.
- It is only a feeling and it doesn’t have to define my mood for the rest of the day.
- Ask, “What can I do to feel better?” Then take action steps to do it.
- What are the things I’m valuing in my life?
- How can I show appreciation for, or absorb, those feelings to remind myself of the positives when I might be feeling down?
- Focus on today and let go of the past and the future.
11. Don’t get trapped by electronics
Find fun and engaging things to do that don’t involve a screen. If you need that mental distraction, try listening to podcasts or audiobooks while you do other things.
12. Take regular breaks throughout the day
13. Focus on the positive
Think about the positive things that have come about because of the current situation, like:
- More time with family
- Getting yard work done
- Time to reevaluate life
- Space to organize and plan
- Reading the books you’ve always wanted to
- Time to create something
- Finally getting those home improvements done
14. Reach out to others
- Stay in touch with friends and family. If you just need to talk, call the Cascade Community Healthcare Emotional Support Line at 1-800-803-8833.
This is a difficult time with especially unique challenges. By developing healthy skills, you can survive, thrive and emerge stronger than ever. You might even find unexpected joy in the silver linings of this unusual situation.
Twin Transit is extending service into East Lewis County during Mountain Highway’s temporary closure. This extension of services is designed to ensure rural residents can access important amenities and services during the COVID-19 shutdown. The new East County Route will operate four trips per day, Monday through Friday, until Mountain Highway service resumes. Click here for a full route map and timetables.
Routes will depart from Walmart North Side Bus Stop and loop between Chehalis and Packwood Senior Center via I-5 and Highway 12 from:
- 6:30 am to 9:58 a.m.
- 10:30 a.m. to 1:58 p.m.
- 12:30 p.m. to 3:58 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m. to 7:58 p.m.
The East Lewis County Route will stop at:
- Salkum Timberland Library
- Mayfield Texaco
- Mossyrock Community Center
- Chevron and Subway in Morton
- Glenoma Grocery
- Gene and Barb’s Grocery
- J & L in Randle
- Randle One Stop
- Packwood Senior Center
- Chehalis Walmart
*This route will not service the Onalaska area. If you live in the Onalaska area and need service, please call the number below.
Please check TwinTransit.org frequently for route updates and other information. Call 360-330-2072 with any questions.
Recently United Way of Lewis County and the Lewis County Rotary Foundation launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Each month, a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in the child’s name to their home, up to the age of 5.
Now more than ever this program is critical for both academic reasons and for the happy reasons of children receiving books directly to their homes during this time of stress and turmoil.
We need you to help us keep this program going for the kids.
$25 will sponsor one child for one year.
$125 will sponsor one child for five years.
Click here to donate today. You can make a difference!
Local volunteers are pulling out all the stops to deliver meals to those 60 and over who are following County guidance to stay home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The program is a collaboration between several key organizations.
United Way of Lewis County is handling financials and volunteer recruitment. Lewis County Seniors is taking care of meal preparation. And Twin Transit is delivering meals. Other key organizations like Catholic Community Services and local school districts are pitching in as well to make the program a success.
It has been a flurry of activity since the program started – including one day where over 800 meals were prepared!
Volunteers are needed to fill important roles. Please visit VolunteerLewis.org and click on United Way of Lewis County to sign up for this project. If you have questions or need meal deliveries, please contact 1-855-581-9495 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.