Transit Ridership

  1. Intercity Transit
  2. ruralTransit
SourceIntercity Transit, Thurston Regional Planning Council
Data TableTransit Ridership
ExplanationIntercity Transit
Intercity Transit (IT) is the largest public transit agency in Thurston County. As of September 2019, the agency operates 17 fixed bus routes throughout the urban areas of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm. IT also operates two express routes to Pierce County. In addition, the agency offers a robust vanpool program, door to door Dial-A-Lift services for people with disabilities, and a mix of educational programs.

Ridership peaked in 2012 at 5.45 million boardings. In 2018, IT's ridership dropped to 4.5 million boardings, decreasing for the fourth consecutive year. Dial-A-Lift, which makes up less than 5% of IT's ridership, continues to increase, peaking in 2018 at 187,000 boardings.

ruralTransit (rT) provides accessible general public transportation services for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation and the communities of Rochester, Tenino, Bucoda, and Rainier. rT operates four variable fixed bus routes and connects to Intercity Transit in Tumwater and Twin Transit in Centralia. Some routes are scheduled to support after-school programs.

Between 2018 and 2019, rT ridership increased by more than 3,000 boardings. Between 2019 and 2020, it dropped by more than 25,000 boardings - due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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