2021 – 2026 Transit Development Plan and 2020 Annual Report

Click Here to view the draft 2021 – 2026 Transit Development Plan and 2020 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 that summarizes 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, and proposed future action strategies and a program for funding those strategies.

Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting – Public Hearing 8.11.21

The next Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

This Board meeting and public hearing will be a Hybrid Zoom virtual online webinar and in-person meeting.

Hybrid meetings are now being held: in person at the Council Chamber, City Hall, 1525 Broadway St, Longview or also via Zoom.  

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

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Panelists are Board members and staff only.

Agendas can be found the Friday before the meeting at www.mylongview.com under “Agendas & Minutes.”

Additionally, KLTV has secured a Zoom license with a streaming option; therefore, their feed will replicate what is seen and heard on the screen. KLTV will stream to channel 29, and their website, giving constituents three viewing options, Zoom, www.kltv.org, and Comcast channel 29.

Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with RCW Chapter 42.30, that the Cowlitz Transit Authority will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. in the Longview City Hall Council Chambers, 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 2021-2026 and 2020 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) 442-5664

Next meeting

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

4:00 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting

RCT is Hiring

RCT is hiring-
Do you have a strong desire to provide excellent customer service?

RiverCities Transit is recruiting for fixed-route Transit Operators. As a Transit Operator, you will be responsible for providing excellent customer service while efficiently and safely transporting passengers to their destinations in a courteous, safe, and timely manner. As you create, promote, and maintain relationships with passengers and fellow employees, you will champion a positive partnership through your service to Longview, Kelso, and the surrounding community.
Apply at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/longviewwa/jobs/3034519/transit-operator?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs#

RiverCities Transit Returns Service

Starting Monday, March 1, 2021, RiverCities Transit fixed route buses will return to regular service hours Monday – Friday from 6:30 am – 7:00 pm, and Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. The agency has incrementally returned its fixed route service that was reduced last December due to a significant staffing shortage. Routes 30 and 44 restarted on February 8, 2021.  Passengers whose essential trips were impacted by the service reduction were offered transportation on RiverCities LIFT as an alternative.  LIFT provided over 160 trips between December 30, 2020 and February 19, 2021 to those passengers.

Follow the RiverCities Transit Facebook page for the most recent updates and service alerts, or contact Customer Service at 360-442-5663 or [email protected]. Route schedules, maps, and fare information are available on the RiverCities website www.rctransit.org.

RiverCities Transit is committed to safely providing transit service to our community members by following federal and state guidelines for capacity constraints, encouraging social distancing, and making masks available on the buses and at our Downtown Transit Center.

RiverCities Transit Temporary Service Reduction

Starting Monday, December 28, RiverCities Transit will implement service reductions due to a staffing shortage. RCT will run the Saturday schedule with additional service on Route 45 Monday – Friday until further notice. RiverCities LIFT paratransit service will continue to be available Monday – Saturday. Those unable to access essential services and jobs due to these reductions are encouraged to contact RCT at 360-442-5663 or [email protected].

Staff is working with the website designer to update the website and trip planner with the reduced service schedule. For more information, please call customer service at 360-442-5663 or visit www.rctransit.org.

RiverCities Transit is committed to providing service to our community members that need to access essential functions and lifeline services.

Local Congresswoman Visits Longview Transit Center

Click the below link to read the press release: