Each year, Community Transit updates its six-year Transit Development Plan (TDP). It forecasts the agency's financial picture six years out and outlines services the agency can provide.
The 2016-2021 TDP (PDF) takes into account the new resources available following a successful 2015 ballot measure. This document outlines how and when new service may be implemented to meet existing and future demand. It also considers timelines for hiring new employees and purchasing new vehicles.
The 2016-2021 TDP (PDF) looks ahead six years to forecast sales tax revenue, and to match proposed future service expansions with the labor and fleet needed to provide that service.
By 2021, Community Transit will need 167 new buses to replace aging vehicles and expand its fleet by more than 60 buses. The agency operated 235 buses in 2015.
In addition, the agency will need to hire about 200 new employees over the next six years, mostly bus drivers and mechanics. There are currently 605 people who work for the agency.
2016-17 Expansion and Beyond
Recently, Community Transit announced a service expansion proposal that would add about 38,000 hours of service, or a 14 percent increase over 2015 service levels. That expansion would add two new routes in September and more bus trips throughout the system in both September and March 2017.
In fall 2017, the TDP outlines the desire to add more new trips on existing routes with a focus on commuter routes to Seattle. Many of those buses are standing room only, but more buses need to be purchased and delivered in order to expand peak-time operations.
In 2018, a major service expansion would include the launch of Swift II between Canyon Park and Boeing/Paine Field. The service proposals beyond this year are concepts and will need to be vetted by the Board of Directors each year.
Within the six-year timeframe, a third Swift route will be studied with the intent to launch as part of a south county service restructure to meet up with light rail when it reaches Lynnwood in 2023. Eventually, a network of Swift lines will criss-cross the county to provide fast, frequent transit connections throughout Snohomish County.
The 2016-2021 TDP(PDF) was approved by the Board of Directors on May 5, 2016.