Transportation

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GETTING AROUND

Communities throughout the Thurston County region have adopted comprehensive strategies to address all aspects of the region’s transportation system including streets and roads; public transportation; rail, bicycle and pedestrian facilities; and marine and aviation facilities.

Throughout the county you’ll find over 2,000 miles of roadways, dozens of transit routes and services and hundreds of miles of bike lanes and sidewalks. Thurston County, along with other communities across the nation, has been working to make alternatives to driving more inviting and convenient.

The majority of public transportation needs are met through Intercity Transit, which offers a mix of programs and services to meet diverse community needs. Nontraditional providers like social service organizations, nonprofit groups and for-profit companies help to meet other public transportation needs.

The Port of Olympia, established in 1922, plays a strategic role in serving the Puget Sound freight market. Its specialty services complement those provided on Puget Sound in Seattle and Tacoma, and will become increasingly important as mega port containerized demand grows.

There are nearly 90 miles of rail lines throughout Thurston County. The primary freight rail flows connect Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska, with western Washington, traveling along the Columbia River; and the north/south Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline to/from Puget Sound.

The Olympia Airport is among the oldest public airports in the country, created in 1927. The airport’s facilities include aircraft service operations, hangars, corporate offices and a public terminal.

Transportation Resources

Amtrak (800) 872-7245
www.amtrak.com

Intercity Transit (360) 786-1881 / (800) 287-6348
www.intercitytransit.com

Olympia Greyhound Station (360) 357-5541
www.greyhound.com

Port of Olympia (360) 528-8000
www.portolympia.com

Washington Ferries (206) 464-6400
www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

Capital Aeroporter (360) 754-7113
www.capair.com