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Anniversary party: Grape Line celebrates 10 years of service between Walla Walla, Tri-Cities

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 15:29

Greg Wright, community liaison, 360-791-1170
Jef Lucero, communications, 360-705-7846

WALLA WALLA – The intercity bus line connecting Walla Walla and Tri-Cities is having a party for its 10th anniversary, and the public is invited.

Launched in 2007 as the first route of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Travel Washington intercity bus system, the Grape Line has connected approximately 65,000 riders between Walla Walla and Tri-Cities since its first day of service. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, WSDOT and its community partners will host a reception and luncheon at the Valley Transit Center in downtown Walla Walla Wednesday, Oct. 18, beginning at 11 a.m.

The first 100 attendees will receive a coupon for a $10 one-way (normally $15) or round-trip (normally $30) fare, redeemable on a future Grape Line ride. Lunch will also be provided while supplies last courtesy of Central Washington Airporter, the transportation provider that operates the Grape Line.

“The Travel Washington program provides vital links between smaller, rural communities and urban parts of our state,” said WSDOT Public Transportation Division Director Brian Lagerberg. “I’m thrilled that the Grape Line helps connect people in Walla Walla with the rest of our great state.”

Grape Line 10-year anniversary celebration

  • When:11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.
  • Where: Valley Transit Center, 108 W. Main St., Walla Walla.
  • Schedule: 
    • 11 – 11:45 a.m.  Presentations from local officials and agency executives. 
    • Noon Luncheon (while supplies last).
  • Logistics: This will be an outdoor event, rain or shine. Please plan ahead and dress for the elements.

WSDOT’s Travel Washington intercity bus system connects four rural communities in Washington with regional transportation hubs and urban centers. These buses make scheduled connections with other transportation services to make traveling accessible, reliable and convenient. The program fills gaps in the statewide transit system by bringing connections to rural communities and other parts of the state.

Photo of a shuttle on the Grape Line.

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