The Mellen Street e-Transit Station will be closed for parking on Thursday May 13th. Twin Transit buses will continue to service the area as usual.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.”
Twin Transit bus routes will operate as usual on Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2021.
Twin Transit has increased passenger capacity in accordance with new Phase 3 requirements. Washington State entered Phase 3 on March 22, 2021. For more information, click here.
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!)
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.