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Welcome to the website for Ben Franklin Transit serving the Tri-Cities, Finley, Benton City and Prosser. 

BFT will begin service to the Southridge Sports Complex Area

Effective Monday, May 20, 2013 BFT will be detouring the Route 47 to serve the Southridge Sports Complex Area.  .     

For information regarding the schedule changes, please call Customer Service at 735-5100.  Fliers with the schedule changes are also available on the buses or at the Three River's Transit Center.  

*The Route 47 will no longer be serving the WalMart Loop.

December 18, 2012
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The photo above depicts what the BFT “VEPS” bus might look like
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The electric motor compartment.

With the help of a CALSTART* grant that was directed to Washington state by US Senator Patty Murray, Ben Franklin Transit is working with Southern California-based Complete Coach Works (CCW) to develop an all-electric remanufactured transit bus that has the capability of going over 100 miles.

While an electric bus is innovative in itself, CCW is taking it one step further by significantly reducing the carbon footprint involved with building a transit bus by remanufacturing an existing bus into like-new condition, reducing capital expenditures in the process. Not only are carbon emissions reduced through this approach, but landfill pollution is reduced as well. When Ben Franklin Transit heard about this environmentally sustainable approach and what CCW was doing, the agency became part of a demonstration program and committed one of its buses.

 “This is great news for Tri-Cities residents and businesses,” said Senator Murray. “As Chair of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I was proud to help direct this funding to Washington state, and pleased that the bus will be operating soon in the Tri-Cities. I applaud the entire Ben Franklin Transit team for their work and I look forward to seeing the bus on Tri-City streets in the new year.”