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How to Ride a Valley Transit Bus
Arrive at your stop a few minutes early. We have bus stop signs in most places throughout our system. As an added help to the drivers, please flag the bus (wave at the driver) as it approaches. Signs on the top front of the bus above the windshield tell you the name of the route. Please refer to the system map for detailed maps and schedules.

For areas that do not have bus stop signs, you can "flagstop" the bus. To request a "flagstop", please wait for the bus at a location where you can easily be seen by the driver, and in an area the bus can safely pull to the curb without blocking traffic. As the bus approaches, make sure to signal to the driver by waving. Please wait for the bus to make a complete stop and open the front door.

Since our drivers carry no change, we ask that you have the exact fare ready as you board. If you need to transfer, our drivers will be happy to inform your next bus as they approach the Transfer Center. Out of consideration for our senior and disabled riders, please leave the seats in the forward section of the bus available.

As the bus approaches your stop, signal the driver that you want off by pulling the cord located above or along the windows. Please allow the driver plenty of notice, at least half a block, so that they may make a smooth, safe stop.

When getting off the bus we ask you to de-board through the rear exit to allow our boarding passengers entry through the front door.

Refrain from smoking and littering on the bus. No food or drinks for consumption. This results in a more pleasant and enjoyable ride for everyone. Animals, other than service animals, must be kept in an approved pet carrier.

Valley Transit operates from 6:15 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bike and Ride
With a bike rack on most Valley Transit buses, you can make bike riding part of your regular commute. Bike and Ride is a great way to keep you and the environment in shape. Ride part way to work and finish your trip aboard a bus, or take the bus one way. A regular ride will help keep you in shape, and save you money on parking, gasoline and car maintenance. Plus biking and busing help lower traffic congestion and preserve air quality. Consider the Bike and Ride option for fun, too. Taking a bus to a park or bike path can make your trip safer and more fun.

TTY users can contact Valley Transit by using the Washington State TTY Service by calling either in Washington 711 or 1-800-833-6388, or in Oregon 711 or 1-800-735-2900. All states now use 711 for Relay Operator Services.

Paratransit Service
Dial-A-Ride provides transportation for people who are not able to use our fixed route service and those 70 years of age and older.

Dial-A-Ride vehicles are lift-equipped and drivers are trained to assist you. Rides must be scheduled from one to 14 days before service is needed.

Please refer to Dial-A-Ride or call 509.527.3779 for more information.

Check out our links page to find information on other transportation options!