Rider Guide

  1. How to Ride the Bus
  2. Regional Transit Connections
  3. FAQ

HOW TO RIDE THE BUS, CENTRAL TRANSIT

First, plan your bus trip.

Every route is detailed online with maps and scheduled departure times for major stops on the route. Hard copies of the routes and schedules are available online, on most buses, at major retailers, hotels, and public agencies.

Online, you can use Google Maps (google.com/maps) to plan your trip. Visit Google Maps, click on the directions icon, then the bus icon, enter your start location and end location, day and time for your trip, and Google Maps will generate detailed trip instructions. Note the combination of walk – bus – walk may appear. It’s possible to change (reduce) the amount of walking involved with your trip by checking the ‘less walking’ box that appears under ‘options’.

Now you are ready to ride.

Use your smart phone and download the app RouteShout2 to locate the closest bus stop, find out where buses are on their route, and the real time the bus should be at the stop.

Next, proceed to the nearest bus stop.

Using the information you received in planning your trip, proceed to the nearest bus stop. All bus stops have a Central Transit sign pole where the bus will stop to pick up riders. On the bus stop pole is a current Central Transit bus schedule, listing bus stops, and the day and time the buses arrive at the bus stop. We recommend you arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before your bus is scheduled to arrive. After the bus is fully stopped, and the bus driver opens the door to the bus, hop on and grab a seat. No need to worry about a fare, because Central Transit is fare free for all riders.

Remember, all buses are equipped with a wheelchair lift. Want to bring your bicycle? No problem. Buses are equipped with a bicycle rack on the front of the bus to hold two bicycles.

Be prepared to exit the bus.

If it’s your first trip on Central Transit, be aware of the bus route and stops. Your bus driver can assist – as you board the bus let them know where you want to exit the bus. As you approach your bus stop, pull the yellow cord that is located along the windows. By pulling the cord, a signal is transmitted to the bus driver letting them know you wish the driver to stop so you can exit the bus. At each bus stop the bus will come to a full stop, and riders will board or exit. As your stop approaches, gather up any belongings you might have, and prepare to exit the bus.

We hope you enjoy your ride.

REGIONAL TRANSIT CONNECTIONS:

Appleline  – Omak to Ellensburg and return.

Bellair Airport Shuttle – Yakima to SeaTac via Ellensburg and return.

FlixBus – Serving cities in the Pacific Northwest and beyond

Greyhound Bus Service – Nationwide

Kittitas County Connector 

Yakima-Ellensburg Commuter  (Route 11) Ellensburg to Yakima and return.

FAQ

1. What is the fare to ride a Central Transit bus?

Is there a service available that I can use? There is no cost to ride the Central Transit fixed route buses!

2. I was told Central Transit is only for Central Washington University students and faculty.

Central Transit is for EVERYONE! There are no requirements as who may ride a Central Transit bus.

3. Can I bring my bike on the bus?

Bicycles are not allowed inside the buses, but all Central Transit buses are equipped with bike racks that hold two bikes. Space on the rack is on a first come basis.

4. I would like to ride the Central Transit bus, but I need to use a walker and cannot use steps. What can I do?

All Central Transit buses are accessible. Each is equipped with a lift which is available for use by those passengers who cannot use the steps. Due to capacity constraints on the lifts, the weight limit including the person and their mobility device is 600 pounds and the foot print of the mobility device can be no larger than 48” x 30”.

5. Once I am on the bus, how do I tell the driver where I need to stop.

In many cases, the driver will ask where you want to exit the bus when you board. In addition, you may pull the yellow cord running along the bus windows. When it is pulled the driver will stop at the next bus stop on the route.

6. Sometimes when I use Google, it picks a path that is out of the way or requires a lot of walking. How can I make sure I am getting the best directions?

Unfortunately, Google sometimes does not pick the most efficient routing. We recommend that under OPTIONS, use least walking. It usually generates the best results.