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Hawks Prairie Park & Ride 
Hawks Prairie Park & Ride Lot 

The Hawks Prairie Park & Ride lot, now open to carpools and vanpools is the third major park & ride facility in Thurston County. Located in northeast Lacey off I-5 at exit 111, the project more than doubles the region’s park-and-ride capacity bringing it to 759 stalls. (Visit Flickr for project photos.)

Five electric vehicle charging stations will be available in January 2013. Currently, there is no bus service to this location. Intercity Transit has applied for grant funding and, if successful, Olympia Express buses could begin serving this park & ride lot as soon as September 2013.

The Hawks Prairie Park & Ride lot features include:

  • 332 parking spaces;
  • 10 stalls for people with disabilities;
  • A Dial-A-Lift pickup area;
  • A transit island;
  • Five electric vehicle charging stations;
  • Security lighting; and
  • 24/7 video surveillance camera system.

Project Status

The facility is now open for public use.

Project Details


The park & ride lot is located on a closed portion of the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) landfill in Hawks Prairie, at exit 111 off I-5, 2548 Hogum Bay Road NE, Olympia, WA. 


Site development, planning, and construction management: KPFF Consulting, awarded in 2009.
Preload (Phase 1): Tucci and Sons, awarded in 2010
Construction (Phase 2): Scarsella Bros., awarded March 2012.

Construction Start

Because this facility is being built on a closed portion of the WARC landfill, site development and construction must occur in two phases. Phase 1, begun in 2009, consisted of making temporary modifications to the gas collection system and landfill cover before preloading the site with 148,000 tons of fill to compact the subsurface refuse. Phase 2, the construction of the park & ride facility, began in April 2012.

Construction Complete

Construction was complete in December 2012.

Cost and Funding

Total funding for 2009-2011 and 2011-2013 is $6,565,676 in grants and $591,419 in local funds. The value of Thurston County's property also applied to the mandatory local match. Intercity Transit obtained two-biennium funding from the Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Mobility Grant program to build the park & ride facility with a transit transfer site.

Project Background

Traffic congestion has dramatically increased, particularly north of Olympia between Lacey and Lakewood due to Joint Base Lewis McChord's rapid expansion. This park & ride facility, located adjacent to one of the most congested portions of I-5 in the state, will be instrumental in improving I-5 mobility between Thurston and Pierce Counties.

The Hawks Prairie Park & Ride project is defined and supported by Intercity Transit's six-year Strategic Plan and its Transit Development Plan.

Project Lead
Marilyn Hemmann
Procurement Manager

Other Project Information

  • Intercity Transit entered into an agreement with Thurston County to lease an 8.09-acre site on the northwest corner of the closed portion of the Thurston County WARC landfill. The lease is for 20 years with an option to renew for another 20 years.
  • Intercity Transit entered into an agreement with the Meridcian Campus Commercial Owners Association for a .38-acre permanent slope easement on the north side of the lease site.
  • Hawks Prairie Park & Ride is intended for carpools, vanpools, Dial-A-Lift access. There will be no service on Intercity Transit local routes. However, Intercity Transit is considering serving this location with its Olympia Express service.
  • American Public Transportation Association publishes an article on the project in their National Passenger Transport magazine.


  • Major funding for this project: Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Mobility Grant program
  • Major site partnership: Thurston County Commissioners, Thurston County Public Works and Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center
  • Partnerships: City of Lacey, Meridian Campus Commercial Owners Association
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Olympia, WA 98501
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526 Pattison Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501
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