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TRANSIT gets around.

With transit service inside AND outside of Thurston County, transit is a great option for getting around. Riding the bus also reduces congestion, air pollution, stress, and saves you money when compared to driving alone. Whatever your reason, you have options.

Your options INSIDE Thurston County

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What is Rural Transit (rT)? Rural Transit is local public transportation option that is open to anyone, and serves people in the rural and tribal areas of the Thurston Region. rT provides accessible transportation for the communities of Rainier, Tenino, Rochester, Bucoda, and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, and connects North to Intercity Transit in Tumwater and South to Lewis County Transit in Centralia. 

Where do you catch the bus? Rural Transit has a number of fixed pickup points along the way, which you can find on our Guidebook or interactive map. Need to be picked up or dropped off just a little of route? Our bus drivers can modify a route by up to 3/4 of a mile! Call the service department to see if we can meet your need! 

How much does it cost? Every ride with rT is Free!

Need a Ride? Call 1-253-472-7846 or visit

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Intercity Transit (IT) operates 21 bus routes, a door-to-door service for people with disabilities, a vanpool program, specialized van programs, and are active in community partnerships. With IT, you can get just about anywhere you want to go in the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm area. For more information on the services below, call 360-786-1881 or visit

  • Trip Planner helps you plan trips anywhere within Intercity Transit's service area
  • Dial-A-Lift provides door-to-door service for certified users
  • Express Service provides connecting service for riders traveling along I-5
  • Village Vans - helps families on public assistance meet work-related transportation challenges.

Your options OUTSIDE Thurston County

  • Pierce Transit provides transportation services in Pierce County. Intercity Transit connects with Pierce Transit services.
  • Sound Transit provides commuter rail connections at the Tacoma Dome Station, and express bus service from Lakewood and Tacoma to Seattle and SeaTac.
  • King County Metro provides public transportation services in King County.
  • Grays Harbor Transit provides service between Olympia and Aberdeen, with connections to Pacific County.
  • Squaxin Tribal Transit is a free transit service which operates on the tribal reservation with connections to Mason Transit and the Kamilche Transit Center.
  • Lewis County Transit provides service to Centralia and Chehalis in Lewis County.
  • Mason Transit provides service between Olympia and Shelton with connections to Jefferson County.
  • Kitsap Transit serves Kitsap County and connects to Jefferson Transit, Mason Transit, Pierce Transit and the Washington State Ferries.
  • Jefferson Transit is your connection from Jefferson County to Seattle, Sequim, Port Angeles, and Kitsap County.
  • Clallam Transit provides public transportation for Clallam County.
  • Lower Columbia Community Action Plan provides service to southwest Washington. Transit riders can connect to their system in Chehalis.
  • Everett Transit offers transportation within the city of Everett.
  • Community Transit serves the Everett-Aurora Village (Shoreline)-Seattle corridor.
  • Island Transit serves Island County and is a zero-fare system.


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