“Intercity Transit Receives 2019 Governor’s Smart Communities Award”
“Intercity Transit recently received one of 13 Smart Communities Awards. The award, presented to the Intercity Transit Authority (the Authority) by Mark Barkley, Assistant Director with the Washington State Department of Commerce, on August 7, 2019, recognizes the agency’s and its many partners’ efforts to design and deliver transit services desired by the community.
“Intercity Transit’s two-year ‘IT Road Trip’ was launched in response to anticipated budget shortfalls and potential service cuts. In response, the Authority sought input from constituents living within the Public Transportation Benefit Area to determine the type of transit system they wanted to see in the future. During the first phase of community engagement, over 10,000 individual comments were recorded.
“Based on that input, along with a rigorous technical assessment of system performance and needs, a public-private task force made up of representatives from Thurston County, the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Thurston Economic Development Council, Thurston Regional Planning Council, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College, the Olympia Downtown Association, North Thurston School District, and the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council identified three scenarios for the transit agency’s future.
“During the second round of community outreach, surveys and polling showed a majority of residents supported implementing a transformational public transportation system in Thurston County. This support was later confirmed with the passage of Intercity Transit Proposition 1 in November 2018 with 66 percent support overall,” by Intercity Transit.