Using your input from the recent Kelso Service Survey and ridership numbers, RiverCities staff drafted three route options for the new Route 46 that would run from approximately 12-5 PM Monday – Friday. Please take a look and tell us which one you want to see launched in late summer. Staff will share your responses to this survey with the Cowlitz Transit Authority at the May meeting.
Option A serves North and Central Kelso, the Food Bank, and the Minor & Allen intersection east of I-5. It crosses over to Longview and stops opposite WinCo at LCC, continues on to Walmart via Tennant, a quick stop at the Transit Center, and then past Kaiser Clinic and Hall of Justice to the Train Depot.
Option B serves Central and South Kelso, in the opposite direction, compared to Route 57. This would return stops to Pacific and Hawthorne and Pacific and Yew. As with the prior alternative, this route travels to WinCo via the stop at LCC, 7th Ave Walmart, and the Transit Center.
A return path that may be applied to any of the three options is via Washington Way and Catlin to the Train Depot, with a stop at Washington and 11th to serve the Triangle Mall, and possibly additional stops at Catlin & 5th and/or Catlin & Main.
During the Catlin Street widening project, RCT would detour via Washington St. to 1st Ave.
Option C We don’t have enough time to travel to both North & South Kelso, serve LCC and WinCo, plus reach Walmart all within an hour schedule. However, Walmart riders can make a one-bus transfer at the Train Depot to Route 44, or at the Transit Center to Routes 30, 31, and 33. All four of these routes serve one Walmart or the other.
This option covers the same North Kelso area as option A. To maintain the schedule, the South Kelso routing travels from Grade Street, by way of 13th Ave directly to Foster Farms. RCT may install new stops at either 13th & Grade or 13th & Chestnut, and at 13th & Walnut.
After departing the Transit Center, this option could return via either Kaiser Clinic as shown or via Washington Way to Catlin.
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#
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.
The next Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.
This Board meeting and public hearing will be a Zoom virtual online webinar.
All members of the public are encouraged to listen to the meeting and participate via a moderator. For information about Zoom accessibility, please contact the CTA Board Clerk’s Office at 360-442-5664.
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.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
4:00 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting
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 may be attended as Zoom virtual online webinars.
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.
RiverCities Dispatch and Customer Service Staff were nominated for the Washington State Department of Transportation Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame (WOF) recognizes exemplary employees for their dedication, innovation, customer service, and professionalism. Each of these employees played an integral part in making sure our Transit Center move (TWICE) was smooth and painless for both staff and the public. It was a miracle with such a small team, but it happened because they pulled together to make sure that nothing fell through the cracks. Moreover, they did it all while keeping up on their regular workload! THANK YOU! Tabitha Hayden, Jim Seeks, Amy Waters, Michael Richards, Doreen Daggett, Elizabeth Halili, and Ben Quam (not shown).