Heat Wave August 11-14

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from 1:00 p.m. today, August 11, through 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. Twin Transit is actively monitoring the situation as it unfolds. Please refer to the Twin Transit website for information on any heat-related updates or route adjustments that may occur.

Please keep in mind that excessive heat can be dangerous. Plan ahead and bring extra water with you, as you are out and about. Please also review the following symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you experience any of these throughout your workday, please take precautions immediately immediately.

According to the Mayo Clinic, in most cases, heat exhaustion can be treated by the following:

  • Rest in a cool place. Getting into an air-conditioned building is best, but at the very least, find a shady spot or sit in front of a fan. Rest on your back with your legs elevated higher than your heart level.
  • Drink cool fluids. Stick to water or sports drinks. Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages, which can contribute to dehydration.
  • Try cooling measures. If possible, take a cool shower, soak in a cool bath, or put towels soaked in cool water on your skin. If you’re outdoors and not near shelter, soaking in a cool pond or stream can help bring your temperature down.
  • Loosen clothing. Remove any unnecessary clothing and make sure your clothes are lightweight and nonbinding.
  • If you don’t begin to feel better within one hour of using these treatment measures, seek prompt medical attention.

Stay cool and stay safe!

Kids Ride Free on Twin Transit

With summer in full swing, you may be wondering how to help your kids get where they need to go. When school isn’t in session, teens and tweens are often faced with long days at home. If they don’t have access to transportation, they’re unable to meet up with friends, participate in summer activities, or visit fun places around the Twin Cities like Thorbeckes, Shankz, and local parks.

Fortunately – kids ride free on Twin Transit!

This applies to all kids, age 18 and under, and those still in high school. Kids age 10 and up are allowed to ride unaccompanied, while those nine and under are required to have a responsible chaperone age 16 or up to accompany them. No passes are required, although a student ID is recommended for older children.

What if you don’t live near a Twin Transit bus line?

You can book a pre-arranged ride for your child on our new door-to-door transportation service, DARTT! For more information, visit TwinTransit.org/DARTT.

Have questions? Give us a call at 360-330-2072 or email info@twintransit.org.

FIND YOUR BUS

Wondering when your bus will arrive? Now you can track its location in real time!

Simply click here for a quick tutorial, which will then take you to a live map showing the current location of your bus. It’s that easy!

So linger a little longer over that morning cup of brew. With the “Find Your Bus” app, you can step outside right on time. 

For up-to-date Twin Transit route maps and timetables, visit twintransit.org/routes/.

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

FARE FREE JUNE 11 & 12

Twin Transit fixed route service will be fare-free on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 in honor of the Country Chicks Market at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds!

Come out, enjoy the market and help support our local artisans. There will be plenty to see and do!

For more information on the Market, click here. For route maps and timetables, click here.

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 & Olympia Line

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

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 used to evaluate and update routes. The new and improved system is now in place! See the links below for full details:

For current route information, click here.

For Twin Transit fares, click here.

To track your bus’s location in real time, click here.

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