North Cowlitz Connector Starting 8/15/22

Transit service between the Longview Transit Center and the Castle Rock Park and Ride / Visitor Center

NCC Map

On August 15, 2022, RiverCities Transit will begin the North Cowlitz Connector (NCC).  the route linking Longview to Castle Rock. The NCC will provide service between the Longview Transit Center and the Castle Rock Park and Ride / Visitor Center Monday through Friday.

Service to Castle Rock is offered in conjunction with Lower Columbia CAP’s transit service. Together the services will meet Twin Transit from Lewis County at the Castle Rock Park and Ride / Visitor Center a total of six times a day. Bridging the gap between Longview and Castle Rock will open work, play, education, and medical treatment opportunities for Cowlitz County residents.

Our introduction of the new NCC route will be celebrated with a week of fare-free service starting August 15, 2022. For more information and to see a map and schedule of the route, visit RiverCities Transit’s website at rctransit.org.

2022 – 2027 Transit Development Plan and 2021 Annual Report

Click Here to view the draft 2022 – 2027 Transit Development Plan and 2021 Annual Report.

The Transit Development Plan (TDP) is drafted by RiverCities Staff and approved by the Cowlitz Transit Authority annually. It serves to fulfill both RCW’s 35.58.2795 and 35.58.2796, which requires the creation of a Public Transportation System Six-Year Transit Plan and Annual Report, respectively.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required to develop an annual report summarizing the status of public transportation systems in the state for the previous calendar year. RiverCities Transit is required to submit this annual report to assist in the development of that statewide plan. The report also serves as a tool to communicate our past accomplishments and future goals for our transit system to the community.  It outlines our organizational structure, transportation services, major accomplishments, proposed future action strategies, and a program for funding those strategies.

Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Composition Review Special Meeting with Hearing followed by Regular Meeting 7.13.22 3:30 PM

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

REVIEW OF COWLITZ TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD MEMBER COMPOSITION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with RCW Chapter 42.30, that a Special Meeting will be held by the Cowlitz County legislative authority and an elected representative of each city within the boundaries of the Public Transportation Benefit Area (Longview-Kelso) in the Longview City Hall Council Chamber, 1525 Broadway, Longview, Washington on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the composition of the governing board of the PTBA in accordance with RCW 36.57A.055. Final disposition shall be taken on no other matter. The meeting is also available by Zoom.

Should a quorum not be present, the Special Meeting shall be adjourned and reconvened during a recess of the regularly scheduled Cowlitz Transit Authority Board meeting on July 13, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in the Longview Council Chamber, 1525 Broadway, Longview, Washington.

A Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. at a Special Meeting in the Longview City Hall Council Chamber, 1525 Broadway St, Longview, Washington and by Zoom Webinar.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive any comments concerning the review of the composition of the governing board of the Cowlitz transit Authority in accordance with RCW 36.57A.055.

At 4:00 PM the Cowlitz Transit Authority will convene its regular monthly meeting.

Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82996102309

Telephone options (dial any of the following numbers):

1 253 215 8782

1 408 638 0968

1 669 900 6833

1 346 248 7799

1 312 626 6799

1 646 876 9923

1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 829 9610 2309

The City Hall is accessible for persons with disabilities. Any person interested may attend and be heard on the said matter via a moderator. Special equipment to assist the hearing impaired is also available. Please contact the Clerk’s Office at (360) 442-5664 forty-eight (48) hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend the meeting and information about Zoom accessibility.

TAKE the SURVEY Accessible Transportation Survey

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Accessible Transportation Survey

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments invites you to take the Accessible Transportation Survey.

Make a difference by providing input on your current and future accessible transportation needs in Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties. Your responses will help set priorities for funding opportunities to improve transportation services for people with disabilities, low income, youth, elderly, veterans, and rural residents who do not have the means to get to essential destinations on their own.

Accessible Transportation Survey

Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting & Public Hearing 8.10.22

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with RCW Chapter 42.30, the Cowlitz Transit Authority will hold a regular board meeting on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, at Longview City Hall, 1525 Broadway St, Longview. The meeting is also available via Zoom.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with RCW Chapter 42.30, that the Cowlitz Transit Authority will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in the Longview City Hall Council Chambers, 1525 Broadway St., Longview, Washington and by virtual Zoom Webinar.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive any comments concerning the adoption of the Transit Development Plan 2022-2027 and 2021 Annual Report for RiverCities Transit.

The City Hall is accessible for persons with disabilities. Please let us know forty-eight (48) hours in advance if you will need any special accommodations to attend the meeting.

Any person interested may attend and be heard on said matter via a moderator. For information about Zoom accessibility, please contact the Clerk of the Board’s Office at (360) 442-5662

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81667884437

Telephone options (you may need to try more than one number if you receive a busy signal):

Dial any of the following numbers:

1 253 215 8782

1 346 248 7799

1 408 638 0968

1 669 900 6833

1 301 715 8592

1 312 626 6799

1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 816 6788 4437

For information about Zoom accessibility, please contact the Board Clerk’s Office at (360) 442-5662. Longview City Hall is accessible for persons with disabilities. Special equipment to assist the hearing impaired is also available. Please contact the City Executive Offices at (360) 442-5004 at least 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend the meeting.

Agendas are made available the Friday before the meeting at www.mylongview.com under “Agendas & Minutes.”

Next meeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

4:00 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting

RiverCities Transit Launches Lexington’s Route – Route 411

OPEN HOUSE

Lexington Elementary on April 20, 2022, from 4 PM – 6 PM

Longview Transit Center on April 21 & 22, 2022 from 9 AM – 4 PM

Monday – Friday Route 411 Schedule

Longview Transit Center Cowlitz Hall of Justice Solomon Rd Country Run Apartments Westside Hwy & Aaron Dr Lexington Elementary School Solomon Rd Country Run Apartments Cowlitz Hall of Justice
(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(3)(6)
7:20 A7:25 A7:29 A7:35 A
7:45 A7:49 A7:55 A8:00 A8:05 A8:09 A8:15 A
11:45 A11:49 A11:55 A12:00 P12:05 P12:09 P12:15 P
5:00 P5:04 P5:10 P5:15 P5:20 P5:24 P5:30 P
6:00 P6:04 P6:10 P6:15 P6:20 P6:24 P6:30 P

Saturday Route 411 Schedule

Longview Transit CenterCowlitz Hall of Justice Solomon Rd Country Run ApartmentsWestside Hwy & Aaron Dr Lexington Elementary SchoolSolomon Rd Country Run ApartmentsCowlitz Hall of Justice
(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(3)(6)
9:20 A9:25 A9:29 A9:35 A
9:45 A9:49 A9:55 A9:59 A
3:00 P3:04 P3:10 P3:15 P3:20 P3:24 P3:30 P
Lexington Connector Map

The Longview to Lexington Connector, Route 411

Scheduled to begin service on May 2, 2022, Route 411 provides service between the Longview Transit Center and the north end of Lexington Monday – Saturday. Service along the route will be in conjunction with the transit service offered by Lower Columbia CAP.

Our introduction of transit service to Lexington will include not only fixed transit stops but also flag stops. A flag stop is when a rider boards a bus at a safe location that is not an established stop with a posted sign. The bus will stop if it can do so without creating a hazard, and where the driver can see you in plenty of time to stop.

Flag Stop Locations

Northbound

Southbound

  • 114 1st Ave NW, Sun’s Teriyaki
  • 820 Westside Hwy, Auto Bath / Freedom Market
  • 120 Solomon Drive, Country Run Apartments
  • 1410-1418 Westside Hwy
  • 1508 Westside Hwy, Bob’s Lil Car Hospital
  • 1626 Westside Hwy, El Ranchero
  • Aaron Drive
  • Ponderosa Drive
  • Rainbow Way
  • Boardwalk Way
  • Sparks Drive
  • Westside Hwy & Early Bird Dr
  • 120 Solomon Drive, Country Run Apartments
  • 825 Westside Hwy, Traci’s Pet Shop

How do I flag a bus?

  • Make sure the driver sees you. Using a flashlight or waving your arms as the bus approaches will help the driver see you.
  • The driver must determine whether or not it is safe to pull the bus over at the location you’ve chosen.
  • There must be adequate stopping distance for the bus.
  • The bus must be able to pull over enough so that it will not cause problems with other vehicles.
  • The area cannot be a blind corner.

ADA Service

ADA service will also be provided during the same time periods the bus route operates.  The bus will deviate to provide curb to curb service for those passengers who are approved to ride RiverCities LIFT.