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Transportation Options

Many low-cost alternatives exist for getting to campus. Here you will find less expensive alternatives to getting around by car. As gas prices go higher and higher, try public transit — an inexpensive and environmentally friendly option. The links below provide useful information to help you map out your route to campus.

Campus Parking & Parking Permits

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Parking and Permits

Parking is available with a permit during the day in any of the campus parking lots; street parking is also available. First, students need to submit an online request form . Second, passes can be picked up in TransAlta Commons Room 137. Permits are free. For more parking information, contact the Facilities Office at 360-623-8947.

Special Parking Spaces

Students and staff who own electric cars, hybrid cars, or participate in a carpool will have reserved parking spots available. The electric car parking spots will have 120 volt, 15 amp outlet service for each spot. Vehicle owners will have to submit proof of fuel type to qualify for these designated spots. Cars will have to display proof of permit in their car. Availability of space is not guaranteed, but more spots may open up depending on popularity.

For more information, contact:
Student Parking: 360-736-9391
Electric/Hybrid Car Parking: 360-623-8947
Staff/Faculty Parking: 360-623-8947
Carpool Parking: 360-736-9391

Twin Transit Bus

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Twin Transit is the bus system that serves the Chehalis and Centralia area. It is a convenient way to travel around Chehalis and Centralia. Of all the public transportation options available, Twin Transit has the most frequent schedule and most stops in the area.

Bus schedules vary so make sure to get to the bus stop 5 minutes early. Bike racks are attached to the front of the bus so you can ride your bike to the bus stop.


Intercity Transit Vanpools

Intercity Transit logoA vanpool is a group of people who commute together in a passenger van. Intercity Transit vanpools must commute to or from Thurston County. Currently there are a number of vanpools running which need more riders. The cost depends on how many people (min.5) are in your vanpool, how many total miles traveled each day, and how many days per week it is used. The driver's fare is sometimes free in exchange for operating the van. Note: Currently there are no vanpools which serve only Lewis County.

Lewis Mountain Highway Transit

Lewis Mountain HighwayLewis Mountain Highway Transit is a bus service that serves Eastern Lewis County. Lewis Transit runs Monday through Friday and has stops in Packwood, Randle, Glenoma, Morton, Mossyrock, Silver Creek, Salkum, Onalaska, Centralia, and Chehalis. Currently it is the only public transit service that serves Eastern and Central Lewis County.

Other Transit Options

Cowlitz Tribal Transit Service: Cowlitz Tribal Transit Service picks up at Amtrak. Goes to Longview and back with stops along the way. Primarily medical appointments (dialysis). It is a "dial-a-ride" service, so there is not a set schedule each day. Students can call to find out what the schedule is for that day. Not a guarantee going same places everyday, same time. Currently, it is a 14-passenger bus and Dodge Sprint, and an additional bus is expected by end of year. Free service. Phone: 360-864-8731.

Paratransit: Paratransit is a transit system designed for the elderly, people with disabilities, or people unable to use an accessible transit system. An application to determine if the rider is eligible or not may have to be filled out before Paratransit may be used. Their service is by appointment only so they can know what special needs the rider might have. Phone: 800-846-5438.

Quality Taxi: Quality Taxi is a service for those who might need to take short trips in and around Chehalis & Centralia where other options might not go. Might be good option in case of emergencies and people might not have cars. It would cost more per ride than most of the other options. Phone: 360-451-0804.

Park and Ride Lots

Need a convenient place to meet with fellow commuters? Park and Ride lots provide a good place for just that. Here are the lots that could best serve Centralia College commuters, courtesy of WSDOT: