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Mission, Values & History

Our Mission

To provide reliable, safe, comfortable public transportation service in Jefferson County which is cost effective, reduces energy consumption and contributes to the cultural and economic betterment of the residents of Jefferson County.

Our Core Values

Jefferson Transit’s Core Values are the operating principles that govern how Jefferson Transit employees act towards one another and their customers. Jefferson Transit employees value:

  • Acknowledgment and Support

    We recognize Jefferson Transit to be the product of the concerted efforts of many well-intended people. We take time to commend the accomplishments of individuals and acknowledge their contributions toward the organizational goals of the agency.

  • Accountability

    We take responsibility to uphold the mission statement and core values of Jefferson Transit. When challenged, we display fairness, trust and good judgment. Individually, we are sincerely interested in self-evaluation and personal growth.

  • Shared Responsibility

    Collectively, we are responsible for the direction and image of the agency. This requires us to be flexible enough in our thinking to establish goals. We show a willingness to get involved and direct our efforts toward achieving positive outcomes and setting progressive objectives.

  • Communication

    We express our thoughts and ideas appropriately. We are willing to listen to ideas contrary to our own. We recognize that good communication, compromise and diversity of opinion will strengthen Jefferson Transit.

  • Professionalism

    We take pride in our skills and abilities to provide the community safe, friendly and reliable transportation. We place principles above personalities. We strive for a positive impact through our demeanor and appearance.

Our History

Jefferson Transit is a public transit system that began service in May 1981 after a successful vote by Jefferson County citizens in 1980. Jefferson Transit operates as a Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) in accordance with RCW 36.57A in the State of Washington.  Revenue service began in May, 1981 and along the Pacific Ocean coast in January, 1995.  Also in 1995, Jefferson Transit completed construction of a centrally located Park & Ride facility, which became the new hub for fixed route services.  Following the loss of Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET) revenue, Jefferson County voters approved an additional 0.3 percent sales tax in September of 2000, and an additional 0.3 percent sales tax in February of 2011 for a total percent of 0.9 percent.

The Jefferson Transit Authority Board of Directors is comprised of all three Jefferson County Commissioners, two appointees from the Port Townsend City Council and a state mandated non-voting member representing the interests of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.

Jefferson Transit has Operations, Maintenance and Administrative offices at 63 4 Corners Road, Port Townsend and a Park & Ride facility located at Haines Place in Port Townsend.  West End transit service operates out of a facility leased from the Quillayute Valley School District in Forks.