For Immediate Release: August 30, 2019


Intercity Transit recruiting volunteers to help shape public transit
Apply to serve in either a policy-level or advisory capacity


Olympia, WA – The Intercity Transit Authority (ITA) is seeking civically-minded individuals to serve on the ITA Board or on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC).

The ITA, a nine-member Board of Directors that sets policy and direction for the transit agency, is made up of elected officials who represent the Thurston County Board of Commissioners and the Cities of Lacey, Tumwater, Olympia, and Yelm, a labor representative, and three citizen representatives. There is an opening for one citizen representative, to serve a three-year term. The citizen representative must live within the public transportation benefit area.

“This is a rare opportunity to provide leadership that will have a lasting impact on public transit in our community,” said Debbie Sullivan, City of Tumwater Councilmember and Chair of the Intercity Transit Authority. “It’s also an exciting time to do so, as Intercity Transit is poised for growth due to the passage of Intercity Transit Proposition 1 last November.” Intercity Transit is the only public transit authority in the State to allow citizen representatives full voting membership on its governing board.

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; hand-deliver materials to 526 Pattison SE, Olympia, WA  98501; or email materials to Materials must be received by 5 p.m., October 23, 2019.

The CAC is a 20-member advisory group that provides input to the ITA on local public transportation issues. Nineteen members serve three-year terms, while the youth position serves a one-year term. Members are selected to represent a cross-section of the community and geographical representation from throughout the public transportation benefit area. The group 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.

CAC applications are available at, the Olympia Transit Center (222 State Avenue, Olympia), Intercity Transit’s Business Office (526 Pattison Street SE, Olympia), or by calling 360-705-5857. Email completed applications to Applications for the CAC are due Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Additional information about the ITA and the CAC can be found at


For More Information:
Nicky Upson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator