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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 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!

New Route Highlights

Starting May 3, 2021, Twin Transit will roll out an entirely new route system, which will provide more comprehensive service and better access to riders. These routes were developed using extensive ridership data and are designed to provide better, more comprehensive service where it is needed most. To improve timeliness and consistency, flag stops will be discontinued, and new fixed route stops will be added. The new routes will connect with all major medical facilities and area schools. Each route will be color coded for easy identification and quick reference.

The new route colors were selected to match local school colors. For example, the West Centralia route is orange for Centralia High School. East Centralia is blue for Centralia College and Chehalis is maroon for W.F. West High School. These colors show Twin Transit’s support of education and pride in our area’s schools!

Here are a few additional highlights:

New Olympia Connection

Starting May 3, Twin Transit will offer weekday service from Centralia to Tumwater, Washington, where passengers can connect with Intercity Transit. This means that Lewis County residents will soon be able to ride public transit to Tumwater, Olympia, Lacey, Aberdeen and beyond!

For route maps and timetables, click here.

Extended Hours

Twin Transit’s new routes will also come with new, expanded hours. Fixed route service will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends.

Mellen Street e-Transit Station

Twin Transit bus routes will all connect at the new Mellen Street e-Transit Station. This recently renovated hub will provide ample parking, vanpool and carpool access, electric car charging, and bicycle and pedestrian access. It will also be equipped with wave induction charging to power Twin Transit’s new electric buses, which are scheduled to arrive in May.

Intercity Express Route

An improved version of the Intercity Express will return to Twin Transit service on May 3. This route will provide expedited transportation between Centralia and Chehalis, connecting the area’s most visited places.

Expanded DARTT Service

Twin Transit recently expanded the service area of our Dial-a-Ride transportation service, DARTT to include the cities of Centralia, Chehalis, Napavine, Morton, Pe Ell, Mossyrock, Toledo, Tumwater, Grand Mound, and Olympia. Now passengers can combine DARTT rides with fixed route service to get where they need to go as quickly – and affordably – as possible.

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

Chehalis City Council Member Tony Ketchum Joins Twin Transit Board

Tony Ketchum has joined the Twin Transit Board, following the retirement of Chad Taylor. A Lewis County resident of 50 years, Ketchum is dedicated to helping our community thrive. In addition to serving on the Twin Transit Board, Ketchum is also a Chehalis City Council Member and sits on the boards of Visiting Nurses, Hope Alliance, Lewis County Historical Museum, and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. He has also spent a great deal of time volunteering as a coach for youth soccer, baseball and basketball, and giving back through his local church.

“I just always wanted to do more,” Ketchum said. “I’ve been involved with city government for 25 years and I believe in giving back where you can. I like helping people.”

Ketchum believes strongly in working together for the benefit of all. “My goal is to get all the communities in Lewis County working together as one,” he said. “None of us can be an island – we need all of us to succeed.”

That’s one reason Ketchum is excited to be part of the Twin Transit team. “They’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “There’s a lot of positive talk and outlook, and I’d like to be a part of that. I want Twin Transit to continue to grow, be productive, and serve our community.”

Electric Bus Update

Twin Transit’s first electric bus is finally complete! It will soon be on its way to the Twin Cities. Check out current photos and a test drive video below.

(Note how nice and quiet the ride sounds!)

Twin Transit Electric Bus Manufacturer Test Drive

MARCH 1 ROUTE CHANGES

The following route adjustments will also take place on Monday, March 1:

  • To help improve the flow of traffic, Twin Transit will no longer travel through downtown Chehalis. Instead, buses will turn right from Market, drive past the library, and turn left on Washington. The Downtown Stop will now be located one block up the hill from the Colony House, on NE Washington and Division Street.
  • The Colony House shelter will be removed.
  • The Chehalis Timberland Library stop will be added.
  • The Town Center stop will be removed and the area will be served by the Walmart stop.
  • The Lewis County Work Opportunities stop will be removed.
  • A new Chehalis Safeway stop will be added. It will be located behind Safeway on Washington Street.
  • The Lewis County Gospel Mission stop will be removed. This area will be served by the Courthouse Bus Stop location.
  • The bus stop at Market Street and 3rd in Chehalis will be open and added to service.

Market Street Bus Stop Opening March 1

Twin Transit will officially open the new Market Street bus stop on Monday, March 1, 2021. Located in front of the Chehalis Manor, this new stop features a bus pullout, which is designed to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion at the intersection of 3rd and Market.

The stop is dedicated to longtime transit advocate Jean Fairgrieve, who organized volunteers and collected signatures to have public transit placed on the ballot in the 1970’s. The measure was voter approved in 1976, which led to the foundation of Twin Transit the same year. Since then, Twin Transit has grown exponentially, expanding to include LIFTT service, a DARTT dial-a-ride program, clean energy integration, community service support, and two physical locations. The dedicated Market Street Bus Stop is a tribute to Fairgrieve and her fellow community organizers, who brought public transit access to our community.

The following route adjustments will also take place on Monday, March 1:

  • To help improve the flow of traffic, Twin Transit will no longer travel through downtown Chehalis. Instead, buses will turn right from Market, drive past the library, and turn left on Washington. The Downtown Stop will now be located one block up the hill from the Colony House, on NE Washington and Division Street.
  • The Colony House shelter will be removed.
  • The Chehalis Timberland Library stop will be added.
  • The Town Center stop will be removed and the area will be served by the Walmart stop.
  • The Lewis County Work Opportunities stop will be removed.
  • A new Chehalis Safeway stop will be added. It will be located behind Safeway on Washington Street.
  • The Lewis County Gospel Mission stop will be removed. This area will be served by the Courthouse Bus Stop location.