Construction is expected to begin this summer on Intercity Transit’s Olympia Transit Center expansion project. The $8.4 million project includes a new 11,000-square-foot terminal and five additional bus bays. Included in the new terminal will be a customer service and ticketing counter, public restrooms, a waiting area, driver break rooms, conference rooms, and offices.

Located at 222 State Avenue in downtown Olympia, the original transit center was built in 1993 with 10 bus bays. The building is the primary transit facility in Thurston County and the hub for Intercity Transit local and commuter express bus routes. In the last eight years, the number of passengers served per day by the Olympia Transit Center has increased by at least 16 percent, from 4,300 daily boardings in 2010 to over 5,000 today.

The new terminal will help improve customer amenities and transportation and will also house Greyhound’s regional bus service.

Before a land use decision on the project can be issued, there will be a public Design Review Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 14. Written comments may be submitted at or prior to the meeting to Lead Planner Nicole Floyd at nfloyd@ci.olympia.wa.us.

SRG Partnership, a Seattle-based firm, is the project architect. Graham Construction is the general contractor and construction manager.