June 2020 RiverCities Continues to Serve

  • RiverCities is suspending fares through June 2020.
  • Please board and exit the bus through the rear doors.
    • Front door is for ADA access.
  • Passengers are encouraged to practice social distancing by sitting away from each other and wearing a cloth face covering as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Please continue to limit trips to those that are essential.
  • Passengers who are unable to access essential services and jobs as a result of RCT’s service reductions are encouraged to contact RCT at (360) 442-5663 or [email protected]
  • RCT Buses continue to run reduced service
    • (Saturday Schedule) Monday-Friday.    
    • Service starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • No Saturday service.
  • No Routes 30 or 44.
  • The Longview Transit Center closed effective Mar 25, 2020.
  • RiverCities LIFT continues normal operation.
  • Visit rctransit.org for more information.

RiverCities is Returning to 12th Avenue

RiverCities Transit is returning to 12th Avenue January 29th, Come catch a ride at the new and improved Downtown Transit Center.  There you will find a well-lit pedestrian plaza,  large bus shelters, and a spacious lobby with a great view of the Transit hub. The Transit Center located in the heart of Downtown Longview serves as a connection point to regional transportation providers such as CAP, Wahkiakum on the Move, and CC Rider. It is also the hub for most RiverCities Transit routes. Opening January 29th, 2020 at 1135 12th Avenue, Longview.

FREE ANNUAL YOUTH PASS

RiverCities is excited to announce the launch of a three-year pilot program to give those who are aged 6 -18 a free Annual Youth Bus Pass. Before receiving a Free Annual Youth Bus pass, the participant, along with their parent or guardian, must complete and return a bus pass consent form to the Longview Transit Center.

Click below to find the consent form on our Fixed Route Fares and Passes Page.

Please see the Consent Form for Terms and Conditions. A bus pass must be presented to the Operator; otherwise, bus fare will be required.

This program is only available on fixed-route; it is not available for RiverCities LIFT.

New Website!

RiverCities Transit has a new website! We hope you find it enjoyable and easy to use.

Find real-time arrivals or plan your trip on the homepage. Access maps, schedules, and rider alerts on the route pages.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!

New Route 30! Tell us what you think.

Earlier this year, RiverCities Transit (RCT) faced a shortage of Transit Operators, causing the additional mid-day service (the “B routes”) on Routes 31 and 32 to be canceled.

RCT is now proposing to add Route 30, which will cover and provide 30-minute service to many of the busiest stops on Routes 31 and 32. Service is proposed to begin on November 18, 2019.

Popular stops include:

  • LCC,
  • 15th Ave Safeway,
  • St. John’s Hospital,
  • the Highlands, Olympic, and St Helens neighborhoods,
  • Ocean Beach & 32nd Ave, and
  • 7th Ave Wal-Mart.

Route 30 will run Monday – Friday, the first trip departing the Longview Transit Center at 10:30 a.m. and last trip departing at 4:30 p.m.

Public Comment

Public comment on the Route 30 service change is welcome until November 13, 2019, concluding with the Cowlitz Transit Authority public hearing on the proposed service at 4:00 p.m., Longview City Hall in the Second Floor Council Chambers.

Comments may be made in several ways:

  • Email [email protected]
  • Call Customer Service at 360-442-5663
  • Send a message or post a comment on RiverCities Transit’s Facebook page
  • Mail your comments to RiverCities Transit, PO Box 128, Longview, WA 98632
  • In-person you may drop your comment off at the Longview Transit Center, 1050 11th Avenue, Longview, WA, 98632
  • Verbally in front of the Cowlitz Transit Authority at a public hearing scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in Council Chambers at Longview City Hall

Longview City Hall is accessible for persons with disabilities.  Special equipment to assist the hearing impaired is also available.  Please contact the City Executive Office at 360.442.5004 at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend the meeting.

I-976 Potential Impacts on RCT Funding

Background

Voters in Washington State will be asked on the November 5, 2019, ballot whether to approve an initiative concerning motor vehicle taxes and fees. This measure would repeal or remove authority to impose certain vehicle taxes and fees, including charges funding mass-transit or regional transportation; change vehicle-valuation laws; and limit motor-vehicle-license fees to $30, except voter-approved charges.

According to the Washington State Department of Financial Management, it is estimated that passage of Initiative 976 would remove more than $1.9 billion in Washington State transportation funding over the next six years, including a nearly $1.5 billion impact to the Multimodal Transportation Account.  All state transit funding, roughly $700 million over 6 years, comes from the Multimodal Transportation Account, including the two projects listed below.

2019-2021 RiverCities Transit Potential Impacts

RiverCities Transit was allocated $296,622 in Paratransit Special Needs funding from the State for the 2019-2021 Biennium. This funding helps to support the continued operations of our federally required ADA Paratransit Services. The potential financial impact to our annual ADA operating budget is a 10% loss. ADA services are federally mandated based on fixed route service, therefore capital replacements will likely be deferred, and fixed route service frequency, hours of service, and/or routes may be reduced or eliminated in order to provide funding to meet the federal ADA required service.

RCT was also awarded a $292,000 competitive grant from the Regional Mobility Grant (RMG) fund to begin a pilot project for service to Lexington – called the Lexington Connector Expansion Project. State RMG funding is as risk of being cut partially or wholly if I-976 passes.  This means RCT could be at risk of losing the awarded funds, therefore this project will not begin without the confirmation of receipt of these funds.

At this time, it is unclear how the measure will impact our receipt of these funds and what the legislative response will be in the 2020 Legislative Session. For now, as we update our 2020 budget, we are planning as if they will not be available for our use. Once a clear picture of the funding reduction is known, the amount and location of any potential service cuts would be decided by the Cowlitz Transit Authority Board.

Transportation Wall of Fame!

 

Congratulations to our Dispatchers! Amy and Doreen were recognized by the Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Transit Association during their annual Wall of Fame Awards. The Wall of Fame recognizes exemplary employees for their dedication, innovation, customer service, and professionalism. Way to go! Click on their names to see Amy & Doreen’s accomplishments.

 

Accessibility Advisory Committee

 

This nine-member volunteer committee assists and advises the City of Longview on the most appropriate way to make its programs, services, activities, and facilities accessible to all of its residents and visitors. Click here to learn more about the committee. Click here to apply to serve on the committee.