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October 29, 2009

Mural at Comcast Arena in Everett

The state’s first bus rapid transit line will go into service on Nov. 29

Snohomish County, Wash. - The countdown to Swift is underway and Community Transit is in final preparations to launch the state’s first bus rapid transit line.

Swift will begin service at a community celebration from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 at the Crossroads Swift Station at Highway 99 and 196th Street SW in Lynnwood. The family event will feature music, games and a christening of the Swift buses. As a special treat, customers can ride Swift buses for free until midnight on that day. View the invitation here.

Anyone interested in being one of the first 200 passengers aboard the first run of Swift on Nov. 29 are encouraged to send an email to swift@commtrans.org with the subject line “Swift Bus Ride” and include their name, phone number, email address and city of residence.

At 5 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, Swift will begin its regular service. Swift buses will run every 10 minutes from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and every 20 minutes at night and on weekends. Swift will serve a 17-mile route between Everett Station and the Aurora Village Transit Center, primarily along Highway 99. Buses will stop at 12 stations each direction and customers will pay their fare at ticket vending machines or ORCA card readers before boarding the bus.

Swift mural on display
Anyone going to Disney on Ice, the ZZ Top show or a Silvertips game at Comcast Arena at the Everett Events Center will be greeted by a 10x14-foot Swift mural on the northeast wall in the main concourse. Community Transit traded advertising space on the back cover of its Bus Plus schedule book with Comcast Arena for space on the venue’s wall. The mural, which went up this week, touts Swift as a way to get to events at Comcast Arena and the Everett Events Center.

Community Transit staff continue to hold public outreach events to introduce people to Swift. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, a Swift bus will be at the Lynnwood Transit Center (20100 48th Avenue W.) for people to climb aboard, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, a Swift bus will be at the Safeway on 41st Street and Evergreen Way in Everett. That event will also feature a food drive for Snohomish County food banks.

Latest information on Swift website
Community Transit’s Swift website - www.communitytransit.org/swift - is also being refreshed to carry the latest information about Swift and make it more interactive and user-friendly. A Swift countdown clock shows the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until the Swift launch event on Nov. 29. Work is being completed on an interactive map of the Swift corridor, allowing users to click on any of the Swift stations to receive specific information about that station, including what transit connections and popular destinations are nearby. A travel time matrix will also show how much time it takes to get from one Swift station to another to help people make connections.

Community Transit strives to help Puget Sound commuters think transit first. With the region’s first bus rapid transit line - Swift, and the four-story Mountlake Terrace parking garage that opened this year in Mountlake Terrace, the agency is a leader in finding new ways to make alternative transportation an attractive option. Call Community Transit at (425) 353-RIDE or (800) 562-1375 for bus information, or (888) 814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information, or go to www.communitytransit.org.


 

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