I just got word that Intercity Transit was named the best transit agency in the country for its size by the APTA.
This is awesome news for our friends at Intercity Transit and a huge congratulations is in order.
I have always been impressed by the work IT does with the community in the Olympia area to help create a positive conversation around transit and its connection to sustainability. I also didn't know they were the only transit board in the state with a full citizen voting member. Here is a few clips from the press release that IT sent out today. Click HERE for the full release.
Olympia WA -- In 2006, Intercity Transit officially set its vision to be a leading transit system in the country, committed to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Thurston County.
Three years later, that vision is realized. The American Public Transportation Association has named Intercity Transit the best transit system in the nation for its size. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) presented the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award to just three transit systems in the country this year, based on size categories. Intercity Transit won the title in the medium-size category of transit systems providing between 4 and 30 million rides annually. There are a total of 108 medium-sized transit systems in operation across the U.S.
“As a strong supporter of Intercity Transit, I am excited that they have been selected as the best public transportation system in the country,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Their vision and resourcefulness serves as a national model for multi-modal transportation services, and we all have good reason to feel proud today.”
The Intercity Transit Authority, the only governing transit board in Washington State to have citizen representation with full voting power serving with elected officials, redefined the agency’s credo in 2006 adopting a new mission and vision that reflected its focus as not only a high-performing bus system but as the community’s mobility manager.
“This award represents years of work by the Intercity Transit team to make this transit system exceptional in every way,” stated Tom Green Intercity Transit Authority Chair. “The honor belongs not just to our employees and the leaders who have provided great customer service and vision for the agency, but to the community that supports us, and to Senator Murray and other federal and state legislators and officials who have enabled our vision to become reality.”