CENTRALIA – Two new Twin Transit electric buses are on the road Friday doing test runs before going into full service next week. The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce and Twin Transit held a ribbon cutting for the new Mellen Street E-transit Center Thursday afternoon and showed off the new pieces of public transportation, along with two new electric car charging stations that are now available. Lewis County Economic Development Council Director Richard DeBolt said with growth comes economic challenges that Twin Transit is assisting with by placing new environmentally friendly pieces of transportation at the disposal of local workers and shoppers. It was heard several times that Lewis County is being innovative and the new electric buses is an example, according to Centralia City Councilor and Transit Board President Rebecca Staebler. “It’s the start of many thing to come that are gonna put Lewis County on the innovation map, it’s exciting to be leading the way”, Staebler noted. A constant promoter of economic development, Lewis County Commissioner Sean Swope says the new transit center and it’s buses will have a positive impact here “being the first (electric bus transit center) along I-5 and could attract others.” Swope added, “With Centralia College it could potentially bring in a course to train the next electric bus mechanics, together this is great for Lewis County and for economic opportunity.” Twin Transit is now offering service to the Olympia Transit Center, connecting riders to Aberdeen and the coast, and Tacoma and SeaTac airport as well. Twin Transit has plans to place electric car charging stations along highway 12, with a second E-transit center going in at either the highway 12-I-5 or Winlock-Toledo interchange.

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