Yakama Nation
Pahto Transit

Connector South Bound

Wapato International Market: 7:50 am, 1:05 pm, 4:20 pm
NCAC: 8:05 am, 1:25 pm, 4:35 pm

Connector North Bound

NCAC: 6:55 am, 11:40 am, 3:05 pm
International Market: 7:10 am, 11:55 am, 3:20 pm, 7:50 pm

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 8:00am. – 5:00pm.

Holidays Observed:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
Memorial Day
President’s Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day/Day after
Christmas Day

Contact Information:
(509) 865-5121 ext. 4753
(509) 865-7570 Fax

P.O. Box 151
Toppenish, WA 98949

100 Spiel-yi loop Hwy 97 & Buster Rd.
Toppenish, WA 98949

All Federally Recognized & Native American Holidays Observed (exception of Columbus Day)

Janna Lewis-Clark
Program Manager
(509) 865-5121 x4750
[email protected]

Rural Public Transit that you can Ride for Free!
Pahto Public Passage covers the cities of Toppenish, Wapato, Harrah and also the towns of White Swan and Brownstown.

Pahto Transit Route Schedules 1-6


The Yakama Nation Tribal Transit operates its program without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability.

Yakama Nation Transit Information
The Yakama Nation

Pahto Transit is designed to offer our community members with safe, efficient and dependable transit services.

Explanation of Stops

Flag Stops=Bus only stops when passenger requests or flagged down

  • NCAC In front of bus passenger shelter
  • YN Housing Office In front of bus passenger shelter
  • International Market In front of bus passenger shelter
  • Wolf Point Housing In front of bus passenger shelter
  • Harrah Branch & Harrah Rd. N.E. corner Mint Plant
  • (flag) Brownstown Post Office N. E. Corner
  • Cougar Den In front of bus passenger shelter
  • YN Housing Office In front of bus passenger shelter
  • Adams View New Addition near mail boxes
  • Heritage U In front of bus passenger shelter
  • YN Agency In front of bus passenger shelter
  • YN Clinic In front of bus passenger shelter
  • Legends Casino Bus stop. East side of casino
  • Toppenish Hospital Out front
  • White Swan Tech Center In front of building
  • (flag) Satus Store In front of building
  • YVFWC Across the street from the Dairy Queen Parking Lot.

Connector South Bound

Wapato International Market: 7:50 am, 1:05 pm, 4:20 pm
NCAC: 8:05 am, 1:25 pm, 4:35 pm

Connector North Bound

NCAC: 6:55 am, 11:40 am, 3:05 pm
International Market: 7:10 am, 11:55 am, 3:20 pm, 7:50 pm

Mt. Adams Transportation Goldendale Area

The Yakama Nation Tribal Transit Programs provides Presentations to Groups, Organizations that may want more information on how to use the Bus Services we provide. Click Here to view one of our latest presentations.

Contract Service Provider http://tctransportservices.com/
People for People http://www.pfp.org/yakima.html
Yakima Transit www.ci.yakima.wa.us
Union Gap Transit http://ci.union-gap.wa.us/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&pageID=1047
Ben Franklin Transit (for TriCities area) http://www.bft.org/info.html
Dryve  – Driving Rural Yakima Valley’s Economy– http://www.yakimacounty.us/dryve
Toppenish Murals http://www.toppenish.net/
Yakama Nation Cultural Heritage Center – http://www.yakamamuseum.com
Official Yakima Nation Site http://www.yakamanation-nsn.gov/

Yakama Nation Tribal Transit Offers Complementary Para-Transit Service

As of January 3, 2011 the Yakama Nation Tribal Transit offers Complementary Para-Transit services Monday thru Saturday for senior citizens and the disabled.

Core service area: Para-transit service is provided to origins and destination within 1.5 miles on either side of a fixed route as well as a 1.5 mile radius at each end of a fixed route (corridors). Para-transit service is also provided to those areas not directly within the 1.5 mile fixed route corridors. but may be surrounded by corridors. The Yakama Nation Tribal Transit (YNTT) does not provide service outside the Yakama Reservations Boundaries.

Pahto Public Passage certifies individuals for Para-Transit eligibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. YNTT Para-Transit Service offers door-to-door service to those individuals who, as a result of his or her specific disability or health condition:

  • Cannot independently navigate the system without assistance, or;
  • Needs an accessible vehicle AND they want to travel on routes that are not served by ADA vehicles, or:
  • Their bus stop is not accessible due to physical characteristics of the stop.

To apply for eligibility you must complete an application form. We will review your ability to use accessible public transportation after reviewing your application. For help with the application process or to check on the status of your application, please call: (509) 865-5121 ext. 4040 or 4750



In August 2005 the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was signed into law. With the creation of SAFETEA-LU also came the creation of a new Tribal Transit Program. Under this new program Federally Recognized Tribes are eligible direct recipients of grant funding under section 5311(c).

The Yakama Nation Tribal Transit (YNTT) system was created in 2007 under the Economic Development program. Through a partnership that was established with a non-profit organization, People for People (PFP), the YNTT and PFP were able to quickly set up a strategy to identify the transportation needs on the Yakama Reservation due largely in-part to the outreach experience by the PFP staff.

Through community forums and community planning meetings with the general public and various social service agencies as well as partnership meetings and partnership planning meetings with various stakeholders we were able to identify the unmet transportation needs in our area. Various communities within and near the reservation invested a lot of support to assist the Yakama Nation with establishing the new transit system. Along with the community support, the various social service agencies also invested a great deal of support and continue to provide insight and direction on behalf of their respected agencies.

Also, through community outreach throughout the reservation by the YNTT staff by going door-to-door and speaking with and also administering surveys to areas without transportation and areas with transportation to determine the quality of service and if transportations needs were being met. The YNTT started Fixed-route services on September 4, 2007 between the town of White Swan and the City of Toppenish.

Throughout the first year there was great demand for the transit service to expand into other areas of the reservation and YNTT staff began surveying the public in the areas not receiving transportation services. Due to public demand the Fixed-route service expanded at the beginning of its second year to include the cities of Wapato, Harrah, and the town of Brownstown. With the two routes now established the YNTT staff began surveying the communities, passengers and monitoring the passenger trends for both routes to see how efficiency could improve with the next year of service.

With the information provided by the public and monitoring ridership trends the schedule was adjusted to fit the needs of the public and to increase efficiency and consistency with the bus and bus operators. Both routes were changed so they would start and stop in the same location, be clearly marked for recognition and consistency and also would start earlier in the day as well as end later in the day.

With the economy still recovering some families have not. The demand from the public to travel to the neighboring cities of Yakima and Union Gap to access grocery stores, shopping centers, medical facilities and various other businesses located in this area continued to grow.

Current transportation is being provided by PFP’s fixed-route called the Community Connector from Prosser to Yakima via Interstate 82 but it does not currently pass through the city of Union Gap where demand was greatest.

After reviewing the schedules for the Community Connector, the Union Gap Transit and Yakima Transit a schedule was drafted that did not duplicate service currently provided by PFP, Union Gap or Yakima. Also, requests from the public to members of the Tribal Council to research and see if the demand for transportation in the Goldendale area is feasible and if so how do we incorporate this area into the current transit system.

The YNTT staff began traveling to certain areas located near and within the city of Goldendale and meeting with the public as well as other transportation providers in the area gathering information. Along with transportation providers YNTT staff met with Work Source Goldendale field office employees, Klickitat County Senior Center employees and representatives from the Mid-Columbia Conference of Governments on unmet transportation needs in the Columbia Gorge. The following map was drafted to illustrate the future expansion of the current transit system:

B.  Program Funding
Since 2006 the YNTT has continued to apply for the Tribal Transit Program funding section 5311(c) and have been successfully awarded the following amounts for operational costs:

  • Year One – $490,890.00
  • Year Two – $400,000.00
  • Year Three – $442,373.00
  • Year Four – $1,000,000.00

Along with the funding received from FTA the YNTT had applied for and successfully been awarded funding from the Washington State Department of Transportation for a Mobility Coordinator position in the amount of:

  • $126,387.00

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) the YNTT also applied for and have been successfully awarded funding for the erection of Bus Shelters in the amount of:

  • $112,000.00