Intercity Transit recruits volunteers to help shape public transit


OLYMPIA - The Intercity Transit Authority (ITA) is currently in search of individuals to serve on the ITA Board or the Community Advisory Committee (COA). They will work alongside elected officials who represent the Thurston County Board of Commissioners and the cities of Lacey, Tumwater, Olympia, and Yelm, among others.

Intercity Transit allows citizen representatives full voting membership on its governing board. The opening for citizen representative is a three-year term and requires the individual to reside within the public transportation benefit area. “Serving as a citizen representative, I have seen firsthand how valuable it is to have input from a cross-section of the community we serve is. The five-year zero-fare demonstration project is just one example of Intercity Transit’s commitment to equity, inclusiveness and creating a welcoming environment for our entire community,” said Ryan Warner, Citizen Representative and Chair of the Intercity Transit Authority, in a press release.

To apply for the ITA citizen representative position, send a letter of interest and a resume to Intercity Transit Authority, Attn: Pat Messmer, P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507-0659; or place the material in the vanpool payment dropbox located at 526 Pattison SE, Olympia, WA 98501; or email materials to Materials must be received by 5 p.m., October 14, 2020.

One can also volunteer to work for the Community Advisory Committee. The CAC group provides input to the ITA on local public transportation issues. Their team includes senior citizens, youth, people with disabilities, college students, business owners, environmentalists, bicyclists, and representatives from social service agencies, neighborhood associations, and the medical community. Nineteen members serve three-year terms, while the youth position serves a one-year term.

The CAC applications are available at, or by calling 360-705-5857. Completed applications can be mailed to CAC Attn: Nancy Trail, PO Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507, placed in the vanpool payment dropbox located at 526 Pattison Street SE in Olympia, or emailed to  Applications for the CAC are due October 14, 2020.

Additional information on recruiting volunteers, ITA, and CAC can be found on


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