Sustainability Statement

Public transportation is a cornerstone of community vitality, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. We uphold these qualities through our commitment to sustainable practices, leadership principles, and accessibility.

Sustainability is integral in our daily practices and long-term objectives to meet the transportation needs of the community we serve.

Sustainability is the ability to adapt, grow, and thrive from generation to generation. It is an ongoing effort toward improvement.

Sustainable practices must preserve and restore environmental systems as well as promote initiatives that support robust economies and vibrant communities. Sustainable practices must make good business, public, and environmental sense by balancing the community's economic, social and environmental needs.

Sustainability must consider people, planet, and prosperity.

Agency Policy Supports Sustainability

Our Environmental and Sustainability Policy states that we commit to: 

  • Continual improvement;
  • Complying with all environmental laws, regulations, and industry standards;
  • Communicating our policy to employees and those who work on our behalf;
  • Preventing pollution;
  • Incorporating sustainable practices in all areas of our operation; and
  • Maintaining an ISO Certified Environmental & Sustainability Management System (ESMS).
Signatory American Public Transportation Association Sustainability Commitment - Gold

Managing and Measuring Sustainability Performance

Sustainability Metrics: See how we are doing in our annual report.

We use an Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) to help us measure performance. ESMS is a set of management processes and procedures that allows us to prioritize, track, measure, and improve their environmental goals and objectives.

Our Environmental Priorities

2016 Goals and Targets

In 2016, we will focus on four primary goals: (1) improving fuel efficiency; (2) managing off-site spills; (3) temporary fueling operations; and (4) new fueling operations.

ESMS 2016 Focus areas

2015 Focus Area Report

In 2015, we focused on two aspects of our operations: (1) fuel efficiency improvement; and (2) chemical inventory management. 

ESMS 2015 Report

ISO 14001 Certification Achieved

We achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2014. We are one of only a few U.S. transit systems to earn this prestigious certification, achieving a high international standard of environmental management and resource conservation. The scope of Intercity Transit’s Environmental and Sustainability Management System includes the activities, products, and services at the Pattison Street Administration & Operations facility, including our vehicle fleet operating within our Public Transportation Benefit Area. 

Sustainability Awards Achieved

APTA Gold

We were a founding signatory to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Sustainability Commitment. As a signatory to the APTA commitment, we commit to putting core process in place that set the basis for environmental, social, and economic sustainability practices. We administer these practices on an ongoing basis and continually improve them over time.

In 2012, APTA awarded us and Sound Transit the nation's first "Gold" signatory status level for their individual for our individual agency commitments to sustainability.

We received the gold award for accomplishments in these areas, 2006-2010:

  • Reduced waste output by 4.8 percent;
  • Reduced water us by 5.5 percent;
  • Reduced energy use per transit trip by 8 percent;
  • Increased transit ridership by 31.9 percent;
  • Increased displaced emissions by 35 percent by replacing older emissions technology with new, cleaner technology; and
  • Increased greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide) savings 23.6 percent.

Green Business

Thurston Chamber Green Business program awarded us top honors for our business practices in 2012 and 2014. We received green business designation each year since the program began in 2007.

Bicycle Friendly Business Silver Logo

Bicycle Friendly Business

In 2013 the League of American Bicyclists recognized us as one of the first transit systems in the U.S. designated as a Bicycle Friendly Business.

Alternatively Fueled Vehicles

Hybrid

We began operating hybrid biodiesel-electric buses in 2010. Currently 33 percent of our fleet is hybrid biodiesel-electric.

The benefits of operating hybrid buses include:

  • Less diesel used -- 33 percent less than regular, clean-diesel-fueled buses.
  • Fewer harmful emissions;
  • Less maintenance;
  • Less diesel exhaust odor, vehicle noise; and
  • The same operating reliability as traditional propulsion engine buses.

Biodiesel

We were among the first transit systems in the nation to fuel its entire bus fleet with biodiesel. We have used biodiesel since 2002. We currently use a blend of 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent ultra-low sulfur diesel.  Learn more about biodiesel benefits and considerations.

Our biodiesel is vegetable-oil based, renewably resourced, less polluting, and biodegradable.