Mason Transit pockets national award

Mason Transit Authority, which opened the nation’s first rural transit-community center a couple months ago, was named the 2015 Rural Community Transportation System of the Year by the Community Transportation Association of America. It’s the first time CTAA has honored a Washington transit agency with one of its national system of the year awards.

Mason Transit redesigned an old National Guard armory in downtown Shelton for the transit-community center. Besides catching the bus there, people can take a class, attend a meeting or receive help through the county’s social and human service programs, some of which are now housed in the building. Folks can also shoot hoops or play pickleball in the gym.

Besides the transit-community center, MTA was lauded for its after-school actvities bus service, volunteer driver program for seniors, partnerships with tribal governments and its vanpool service, which transports more than 150 workers daily to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.