InterCity Transit of Thurston County is among over 1,100 bus transit systems across the county interested in promoting adequate federal funding for their infrastructure and operations.

These government organizations hailed today’s announcement of a Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus, to be co-chaired by Washington state’s Rep. Rick Larsen (D-1st district) and Iowa Congressman Dale Young.

The Caucus seeks to raise awareness on Capitol Hill of the challenges accompanying aging bus fleets and facilities.

Most of Intercity Transit’s 71-bus fleet is over 15 years old and coaches were built to run for 12 years. The fleet covers 3 million miles and runs about 215,000 service hours to support over 4 million boardings each year.

“Our mechanics and drivers have done an amazing job of keeping our aging fleet on the road in service of Thurston County residents,” says Ann Freeman-Manzanares, general manager at Intercity Transit, “many of whom have no other transportation choice.”

IT is seeking state and federal funding for over $34 million in capital improvements to facilities at its Pattison street headquarters, where buses are housed and maintained, and at Olympia Transit Center downtown, where an expansion will include the new Greyhound station.