The Skokomish/Cushman Pilot Bus Service, a pilot project for bus service between Shelton and Lake Cushman, has received funding for its third year of service and for route expansion. The Pilot, a partnership project between Mason Transit Authority (MTA) & The Skokomish Indian Tribe, began operations in April, 2012.
Ridership has grown from six riders in the first month of service to 767 riders in April, 2014. In 2013, the total rides provided on the Pilot were 7,037.
Effective June 2, the route has been expanded to include more service to the Skokomish Indian Reservation, Lake Cushman residential areas, and Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman. The increased frequency provides greater regional route connectivity to Bremerton and Olympia.
An additional run per day has been added to the Skokomish/Cushman Pilot for a total of four per day, Monday thru Saturday. This will provided bus service to 19 Lake Cushman Communities consisting of 3,000 home sites with over 6,000 residents. These residents will now be able to access Hoodsport, Shelton, and other Mason County businesses, as well as Bremerton, Olympia, and Seattle. Easy transfers make it possible to even reach SeaTac airport and travelers can now reach campgrounds and beaches around Lake Cushman as part of the additional service.
Funding for operating the Skokomish/Cushman Pilot Bus Service is provided by the Skokomish Indian Tribe through a Federal Transit Administration Tribal Transit Grant. MTA provides the vehicles and drivers.
“This project’s success, as measured by the huge growth in ridership, has been the direct result of a very important partnership between the Skokomish Indian Tribe and Mason Transit Authority. MTA is pleased to continue and expand this valuable transit service and grow our relationship with the Skokomish Indian Tribe.” said Brad Patterson, MTA General Manager.
For more information on the Skokomish/Cushman Pilot Bus Service, visit the MTA website at www.masontransit.org or call MTA at 360-427-5033 or 1-800-347-3747.