Cowlitz Transit Authority

The City of Longview has been operating RiverCities Transit since it acquired the system in 1975. At that time, the City of Kelso and Cowlitz County contributed money to help operate the system.

In 1987, the citizens of Longview and Kelso voted to create a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (PTBA), establish a 0.1% sales tax to fund the public transit system, and create the Cowlitz Transit Authority (CTA) to govern the PTBA. The community voted to increase the sale tax rate to 0.3% in 2008.

The CTA consists of two Longview City Council members, two Kelso City Council members, one Cowlitz County Commissioner, and one non-voting union member.

Current Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Members

Dennis Weber, Chair (Cowlitz County Commissioner)

Chet Makinster, Vice-Chair (Longview Council Member)

Lisa Alexander (Kelso Council Member)

Mike Wallin (Longview Council Member)

Jefferey McAllister (Kelso Council Member)

Anthony Harris (Union Representative)

MaryAlice Wallis – Alternate (Longview Council Member & Mayor)

Arne Mortensen – Alternate (Cowlitz County Commissioner)

Nancy Malone – Alternate (Kelso Council Member & Mayor)

Cowlitz Transit Authority Meetings

In response to COVID-19 and public health concerns, and in concert with Governor Inslee’s emergency proclamation, the meetings of the Cowlitz Transit Authority Board will be held as Zoom virtual online webinars.

KLTV has secured a Zoom license with a streaming option, so their feed will replicate what we all hear and see on the screen. KLTV will stream to channel 29 and their website. This means that the Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting is available in three ways: Zoom,, and cable channel 29.

The CTA Board meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Longview Council Chambers, on the 2nd floor of Longview City Hall. Longview City Hall, located at 1525 Broadway Street, Longview, WA 98632 is accessible for persons with disabilities.  Please notify us at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance at (360) 442-5663 if you will need any special accommodations to attend the meeting.

CTA meeting agendas and minutes can be found at:

CTA meeting videos can be found at: