Swift Bus Rapid Transit offers the efficiency and appeal of light rail, delivered faster and at a fraction of the cost.
The intial Swift line on Highway 99 began operation in 2009. Community Transit envisions a network of Swift lines providing fast, easy connections throughout Snohomish County.
As of August 2016, the Swift Green Line is at 60 percent design. Federal funding has been included in the President's proposed FY 2017 budget, which needs approval from Congress, and local funding to operate the buses was secured with a successful ballot measure in 2015.
Community Transit hopes to begin construction of the 34 Swift stations in 2017, with a goal of beginning operations in early 2019.
There are currently about 65,000 jobs in the Boeing/Paine Field vicinity, and 25,000 jobs in the Canyon Park area. Snohomish County is the manufacturing center of Washington State.
Fast, frequent new bus service between Canyon Park and Paine Field will provide more incentive for workers and shoppers to choose Swift instead of driving their cars. This eases congestion and brings economic vitaility to the area.
For local businesses, the Swift network will provide reliable and frequent options for employees to get to work and will reduce the need for expanded parking facilities. When identifying locations for new facilities, real estate consultants rank highway accessibility as the number one consideration. The Swift Green Line encourages business growth with convenient transit connections for these new businesses.
An expanded Swift network will help keep Snohomish County a great place to live, work and play.
A New Transit Facility
The Seaway Transit Center is planned as the Swift Green Line's northern terminal and will be located on Seaway Blvd. and 75th Street in Everett across from Boeing's main entrance.
The Seaway Transit Center will provide an easy transfer point for all transit agencies serving Boeing, Fluke, Honeywell and other Paine Field-area businesses.
Funding for the Seaway Transit Center has been secured through the Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Mobility Grant program.
The Swift Blue Line was the state's first Bus Rapid Transit line and has been in operation since 2009.
Workers, families, students and shoppers ride Swift to move quickly between destinations. In fact, one in six Community Transit riders use the Swift Blue Line and this increased activity has invigorated business development on the Highway 99 corridor.
Customers enjoy features like:
Swift has attracted thousands of loyal passengers who never previously considered taking the bus.