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Need a Ride? Call DARTT!

Dial-a-Ride Twin Transit (DARTT) is a new door-to-door transportation program operating within a 15-mile driving radius of our Centralia and Chehalis locations.

How does it work?

It’s easy! Simply call 360-330-5555 to book and pay for your ride, at least 24 hours in advance. Once your reservation is made, a van will pick you up at the appointed day and time and take you where you need to go.

  • Reservations must be made by 4:00 p.m. the previous day (although more advance notice is appreciated).
  • Rides are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Pickup and drop off points must be located within the DARTT service area map.
  • At least two hours of notice must be given for any cancelations or rescheduling of appointments.

Click here for passenger rules and regulations.

What is the DARTT Service Area?

DARTT offers transportation within a 15-mile drive time radius of Twin Transit’s Centralia and Chehalis locations.

DARTT Service Area Map:

You do not have to live within this region, but your ride does need to start and end within the service area map. We hope to expand the DARTT program to encompass an even wider geographic region in the future.

How much does it cost?

The price of each ride is based on mileage. The following chart shows a general pricing outline. For exact pricing and to book your ride, please call 360-330-5555.

Pricing

MilesOne Way Price
0 – 5.0$3.00
5.1 – 10.0$6.00
10.1 – 15.0$9.00
15.1 – 20.0$12.00
20.1 – 25.0$15.00
25.1 – 30.0$18.00
30.1 +$21.00

If you choose for your DARTT ride to connect you with Twin Transit’s fixed route service, you will receive a free bus pass for that portion of your trip.

COVID Precautions 

As with our current fixed route and paratransit service, the safety of Twin Transit passengers and drivers is our primary concern. As such, stringent health and safety protocols are in place:

  • Each DARTT ride will be limited to two passengers or one family group
  • Each van features a Plexiglas shield between the driver and passengers
  • Each vehicle undergoes routine sterilization
  • Masking and adherence to social distancing protocols are required

DARTT’s individualized door-to-door service gets you where you need to go – better than ever before.

For more information, visit TwinTransit.org or call 360-330-5555.

Twin Transit Opens Mellen Street e-Transit Station

Twin Transit celebrated the Grand Opening of the Mellen Street e-Transit Station on June 3, 2021. What began as a simple park & ride has now been transformed into a comprehensive, clean energy-centered transit station, complete with electric bus service, wave induction charging, electric car charging, ample parking, and bicycle and pedestrian access.

Both of Twin Transit’s new electric buses were featured at the grand opening event. Re-fabricated from old diesel, these buses are the first step toward achieving our goal of a completely zero-emission fleet. The Mellen Street e-Transit Station, was designed as a launching pad for these and other new technologies.

The Mellen Street e-Transit Station is a marriage of innovative new technology and remarkable service. The site features a wave induction charger powerful enough to bump charge the electric buses throughout the day, simply by pulling them over the top of the charging pad. It also features two types of electric car chargers, one moderate and the other high-powered, so people can plug in their cars, hop on the bus and go shopping or grab a bite to eat while they charge.

People can access the Mellen Street e-Transit Station by driving, or by simply walking on the sidewalk. They can bike to it on the bike path. They can use it as a meeting point for a carpool or vanpool. Or they can schedule a ride on Twin Transit’s door-to-door transportation service, DARTT.

And from the Mellen Street e-Transit Station, they can catch a bus to key points throughout the Twin Cities, and all the way north to Tumwater and Olympia, from which they can connect with other transit providers and travel as far as Lacey, Aberdeen, Tacoma, SeaTac Airport, and beyond.

This is public transportation like we’ve never seen in Lewis County – and with Twin Transit’s electric buses, it’s quieter, cleaner, more comfortable, and more environmentally friendly than ever before.

Bu why does this really matter?

Because transportation is the key to everything. It’s access to a reliable job. It’s an opportunity for quality education through Running Start, college, vocational school, and internships. It’s a connection to grocery shopping and other life essential services for our senior citizens. In short, it’s the health, welfare and economic vitality of our community.  

These aren’t just buses. They’re opportunities – and with exciting new technologies like those of the Mellen Street e-Transit Station, the possibilities just got a whole lot bigger.

Check out these photos of the Mellen Street e-Transit Station Grand Opening Celebration:

The Mellen Street e-Transit Station also serves as the hub for Twin Transit routes and our new Centralia – Tumwater service, connecting Lewis County residents with public transportation to Tumwater, Olympia, Tacoma, Aberdeen, and beyond!

The Mellen Street e-Transit Station Grand Opening was a celebration of the vision, planning, and

Twin Transit Receives New Electric Buses

Twin Transit’s new electric buses have arrived! These two beauties are quiet, emission-free, clean and comfortable. The Twin Transit team is currently completing specialized training, with plans to have the new buses on the road beginning June 4, 2021.

Riders will love this new and improved transportation experience. These electric buses are so quiet, they hardly make any sound at all. In fact, they have been programed to deliver a verbal announcement at each turn, as an extra safety precaution. So keep an ear out for “bus turning right” or “bus turning left.”

This is just the beginning for Twin Transit. We are so excited to be pioneering this new technology, which allows us to maximize taxpayer dollars, protect our environment, and ensure the best possible experience for our riders.

We are already well on our way to accomplishing our goal of having a fully zero-emission fleet by 2030!

Hop on Twin Transit’s New Tumwater Line

Did you know that Twin Transit now offers express weekday service from Centralia to Tumwater? Now passengers can connect with Intercity Transit and ride all the way to Olympia, Lacey, Aberdeen, and beyond!

  • Now you can commute to work in Tumwater, Olympia or Lacey.
  • You can ride public transit to go shopping at the Olympia Mall.
  • You can head to downtown Olympia to browse the shops, explore the capitol, or enjoy the waterfront.
  • Do you have medical appointments in Tumwater, Olympia or Lacey? Now you can get there on public transit.
  • You can even ride all the way to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport!

Here’s a summary of how to use public transit to get to each location, starting with the Twin Transit Green line to Tumwater. This line originates at the Mellen Street e-Transit Station at 1401 Mellen Street in Centralia, WA.

Olympia Mall 

  • Green Line to L & I – 30 min 
  • L & I to Tumwater Square (#13 Inbound) – 16 min 
  • Tumwater Square to Capital Mall Station (#68 Inbound) – 26 min

Downtown Olympia

Lacey

  • Green Line to L & I – 30 min 
  • L & I to Olympia Transit Center – 31 min 
  • Olympia Transit Center to Lacey Transit Center (#13) – 56 min 
  • #13 Inbound for 30 min 
  • Same bus changes moves to being #66 Outbound for 20 min 

Aberdeen

  • Green Line to L & I – 30 min 
  • L&I to Olympia Transit Center (#13) – 31 min 
  • Olympia Transit Center to Aberdeen Station (#40)– 1 hr and 35 min 

Tacoma

  • Green Line to L& I – 30 min 
  • L&I to Olympia Transit Center ( # 13) – 31 min 
  • Olympia Transit Center to Tacoma Dome Station (Bolt) – 40 min 

SeaTac Airport

  • Green Line to L&I – 30 min 
  • L&I to Olympia Transit Center (#13) -31 min 
  • Olympia Transit Center to Tacoma Dome Station (BOLT) – 40 min 
  • Tacoma Dome Station to SeaTac (#574) – 54 min 
  • Arrive at Airport Terminal, Bay 2 

Providence St. Peter Hospital

  • Green Line to L&I – 30 min 
  • L&I to Olympia Transit Center (#13) -31 min 
  • Olympia Transit Center (#60 Outbound) to Ensign Medical Center – 14 min 
  • Walk 3 min to Providence St. Peter Hospital 

For information on Twin Transit fares, click here.

Route Updates

Thank you to all the Twin Transit riders who provided feedback on our new route system. We heard you! Your thoughts and ideas have provided valuable insight that we are using to evaluate and update routes. These adjustments will take effect on Friday, June 4, 2021.

Check out the map below to see the upcoming route adjustments and timetables:

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Now Hiring! Part-Time Job with Full-Time Benefits

Would you like a part-time job with full-time benefits?

Twin Transit is hiring part-time van drivers to transport passengers to and from work, errands, school and other locations.

To qualify, applicants must

  • Be willing to work evenings and weekends
  • Be responsible and reliable
  • Have excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Be physically able to lift 50 pounds
  • Be a good problem solver who is solution-oriented
  • Must be 18 or older
  • And have a current Washington State driver’s license, a clean driving record, and be able to pass a full background check

This part-time job offers full benefits including health, dental, a pension plan, and scheduled time off!

To apply or learn more, visit TwinTransit.org/Employment

Twin Transit Launches New Routes

Twin Transit’s new routes are up and running – including express weekday service from Centralia to Tumwater, Washington. This new route allows passengers to connect with Intercity Transit, which offers connections to Olympia, Lacey, Aberdeen and beyond!

Twin Transit service now operates Monday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For fare details and pricing, click here.

For full route details and stop times, see the following route maps and timetables:

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Electric Bus Update

Twin Transit’s Director of Transportation Services, Joe Clark, and Maintenance Manager, Tim Palmateer, took a trip to Complete Coachworks last week to test drive and do the final inspection of Twin Transit’s two new electric buses. Check out the photos below for a sneak peek at both vehicles. We can look forward to seeing these beauties on route in late May!