Cantwell Announces $4.9M Grant for Improved Bus Service in Olympia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that Intercity Transit in Olympia will receive $4,956,000 in federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support increased transit service by helping to complete a bus yard expansion and install a new propane fueling station. 

“Intercity Transit plays a pivotal role in increasing mobility choices throughout the Thurston County region with a combination of fixed-route, Dial-a-Lift, and vanpool services,” Senator Cantwell said in a letter supporting Intercity Transit’s grant application earlier this year. 

This project is the last element of Intercity Transit’s Pattison Street maintenance facility upgrade, a complete overhaul of a well-used facility that will restore it to fully serviceable conditions. The funding will help expand the bus yard, originally designed for 80 vehicles, into a facility able to accommodate 400 vehicles. The funds will also allow for other facility upgrades, including the addition of Intercity Transit’s own propane fueling station, to further support transit services throughout the region. 

The funding comes from the FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, which assists in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects. It supports the replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing, or leasing of buses or related equipment, and the rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing, or leasing of bus-related facilities.