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Discontinued service southbound from Tumwater

We just received word from our transit-riding advocate and  friend, Eric Swensson, that the Lower Columbia Community Action Program no longer connects Tumwater to the southern part of our state.  Here is Eric’s message:

According to their website (  ), effective Monday, August 15, 2011, the Lower Columbia Community Action Program “CAP”) service from Longview will no longer travel as far north as Tumwater.  Instead, it will only go as far north as Chehalis, before heading back to Longview.  There is no word on any direct connecting service between Thurston County and Lewis County which will be available to the general public, except Greyhound ($11 one way between Olympia and Centralia) and Amtrak ($10 one way between Lacey and Centralia).

Service will be expanded to 4 weekday trips per day from Chehalis (the bus stop being the Twin Transit stop just south of the Chehalis WalMart).  Three of the four weekday trips will continue through Longview south to Vancouver, WA (Salmon Creek Park & Ride).  Saturday service will increase to two trips per day north to Chehalis.

For residents of Thurston County, Rural & Tribal service will be available from Tumwater to Centralia on two trips weekday mornings and from Tumwater to Rochester, with a connection to Twin Transit at Rochester on two weekday afternoon trips.  However, this service is by reservation and is supposed to be for Thurston Coiunty residents only.

There is a slightly round-about route from Olympia to Centralia available to the general public, but it is only available on non-holiday Mondays and Fridays.  You are going to be out of luck on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, weekends and holidays.  Greys Harbor Transit Route 40 goes west from Olympia to Elma 7 days per Cialis week.  Traveles can then transfer to Greys Harbor Transit Route 90 (Mondays and Fridays only) from Elma to Centralia.  After arrival at Centralia, take Twin Transit Route 30 (“Chehalis”) southbound every hour on the half-hour to reach the Chehalis WalMart.

Greys Harbor Transit buses leave the Olympia Transit Center at 7:50 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.  ($3 fare: ask for a transfer to Centralia at time of fare payment).  Transfer at Elma to Greys Harbor Route 90, with arrival times of Route 40 being at 8:40 a.m., 10:20 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. respectively; departure times on eastbound Route 90 buses from Elma are at 8:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., with arrival times at the Centralia Amtrak Station at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3:05 p.m.

Northbound service from Centralia to Elma on Greys Harbor Transit Route 90 leaves Mondays and Fridays at 9:40 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 3:10 p.m. (again, $3 fare, ask for a transfer to Olympia on paying your fare).  Arrival time at Elma is scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 1:05 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Eastbound Greys Harbor Transit Route 40 buses to Olympia leave Elma at 12:10 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:10 p.m., with arrival in Olympia at 1:00 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Please note that not all Greys Harbor Transit Route 40 buses go all the way to Olympia: the 10:40 a.m. eastbound Route 40 bus only goes to McCleary.

For those of us (including myself) who have used CAP as a means to bridge the gap between the Puget Sound transit systems and Oregon, the loss of service to Tumwater portends considerable increases in effort to be able to travel considerable distances by transit.

Eric Swensson

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