The City of Washington began subsidizing fixed route bus transit operations in the late 1970’s and has been dubbed “City Transit”. The City operates through a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and independent contractors.
Washington City Transit's public transit services are available thanks to the generous financial assistance of the following supporters: PA Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, City of Washington, and the Township of South Strabane.
The City is classified as a "non-operating" agency - through grants, they secure the public transit vehicles, related equipment and amenities and administer the public transit services through a small transit department. The City subcontracts with private transportation providers to maintain the vehicles and provide the public transit services. Washington City Transit is governed by the Council of the City of Washington. Current Council consists of the following members:
Fares for City Transit's ADA Complementary Paratransit Program are currently $1.75 one way. Fixed Route fares currently range from $1.50 to $5.00 one way dependent upon the destination of travel. Some special fare programs for City Transit's fixed route public bus services are as follows: Children 5 and younger ride free of charge when accompanied by an adult; persons age 65 and older ride free of charge if they are in possession of a free transit card/proof of age; and persons with a disability can ride for 1/2 fare if they are in possession of a 1/2 fare card, medicare card, or other valid disability card. Discounted multi-ride books are also available in 10-Trip (10% discount) or 40-Trip tickets (20% discount). Washington City Transit will also be offering Connect Cards beginning in 2013.