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.