Rebels By Bus

Slow Travel With Low Carbon Footprint

The Wheels on the bus…

mini it busThis past week RBB partnered with Intercity Transit to offer “The Wheels on the Bus… an introduction to public transit”.  We were picked up by a hybrid electric bus at the designated transit center and taken to the Intercity Transit Center.  (No, this is NOT the bus we were picked up by… this is the “mini” IT bus which is used in community events.  Look for it at the Lakefair parade this weekend!)

We visited the dispatch center, the heart center of the operation.  Every bus is equipped with GPS, so their specific location is known to dispatch.  Security cameras are also scanned, which help assure safety for riders and drivers.

Jon led us on a tour through the maintenance facility… the inventory room, multiple bays with hydraulic lifts, rows of tire chains, the steam cleaner bay… and the bus wash!  it bus underneath

Look how clean the bottom of the bus is!  We all noticed that the entire (30 year old!) facility is very clean, light and bright.  It is obvious that IT employees take pride in their workplace.

IT bus engineOne of the many things we saw on this trip was an engine on a standard IT bus.  It’s huge!  And look at that wrench that is used on the buses!   Very impressive.

Last, but certainly not least, we hopped back on our bus again and went through the bus wash!  (Squeals of delight!)

What a great way to spend two hours… interesting, informative, and bus washFUN!

Thank you Erin (our IT hostess with them most-est), Jon (our tour guide), and Mel and Kevin (our bus drivers).  Thurston County residents are so lucky to have such a progressive and responsive public transit system!


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