Mission, Values & History

Our Mission

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

Our Core Values:

  • Acknowledgment and Support

    Jefferson Transit is the product of the concerted efforts of the employees, the Board, WSDOT, other transit agencies, and the volunteers who devote time to improving Jefferson Transit.  We also acknowledge the citizens of Jefferson Transit, the taxpayers, and our passengers for their support of Jefferson Transit.  Thank you.

  • Accountability

    We take responsibility to uphold the mission statement and core values of Jefferson Transit. We display fairness, trust, and good judgment.

  • Shared Responsibility

    We are responsible for the direction and image of the agency.

  • Communication

    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 strive for a positive impact through our demeanor and appearance.

  • Stewardship

    We will be stewards of the environment, of our customers, of the most vulnerable in our community, and of public funds. JTA will take an environmental leadership role in reducing both community emissions and JTA fleet vehicle emissions by continuing to invest in alternative fuel vehicles. We will also work to reduce our environmental impacts in ways big and small throughout our operations.

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 Four Corners Road, Port Townsend, and 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.


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