Intercity Transit Today

Intercity Transit is more than just bus service. Over the past 35 years we've grown and evolved based on community needs. While we operate 25 bus routes, we also have integrated Dial-A-Lift service for qualified seniors and disabled citizens, a commuter Vanpool program that operates throughout six counties, and a Village Van program that helps and trains people who are looking for employment. We also provide Travel Training for people unfamiliar with riding a bus and a Walk & Roll education program for elementary students that incorporates an 'earn-a-bike' program.

Serving our community

As part of our analysis, Intercity Transit completed an “Existing Conditions Report’ that examines service performance, ridership patterns and land use as it relates to current community zoning codes. Key findings include:

  • Socioeconomic and demographic conditions: Our bus routes currently serve many different types of people, incomes and backgrounds. Our rider market varies from daily commuters to those that are 'transit dependent,' like people with disabilities, youth, seniors, low-income individuals, college students and people that don't have access to a personal vehicle. The “Transit Propensity Index” map (below) displays census data where higher concentrations of these populations live, including the relationship to existing bus routes.
    The Transit Propensity Index combines the densities of low-income populations, zero-vehicle households, people with disabilities, seniors (over 65), and youth (ages 10-17), at the block group level. Darker shades indicate areas with higher transit needs. Transit routes are shown in blue. Data sources Census 2010 ACS 2015 5-year Estimates, Intercity Transit.
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  • Ridership trends: ridership has declined about 9% over the past five years after steady increases over the prior decade. There appears to be a number of contributing factors, such as the relative low cost of fuel and an increase in single occupant drive alone rates. A modest decline in local college enrollment, a significant user group, appears to be a contributing factor as well.
  • Route profiles: The busiest ‘"trunk routes" are the higher frequency services that operate along major arterials. These include Routes 47, 41, and 62A. Our busiest "secondary" routes, which operate through neighborhoods, include Routes 21, 43 and 47. As displayed in the Ridership map (below), the major arterials that run between Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater attract the highest ridership as do transfer stations, where riders move between routes.
    a map of Olympia that shows average weekday boarding's by stop
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  • Local planning efforts: System details and documentation including our Strategic Plan (2017-2022) and Transit Development Plan will help inform the on-going system analysis. We will continue to work with municipalities on their comprehensive plans that rely on Intercity Transit transportation services.