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Budget & Financial Information

Community Transit financial documents are provided to give easy access to important information about agency revenues, expenditures and overall financial status.

Adopted 2020 BudgetCover Image for 2020 Adopted Budget Notebook

The 2020 Adopted Budget Notebook projects a 5.4 percent increase in sales tax revenue over the 2019 amended budget, while operating expenditures will increase 4.9 percent. The budget assumes operating expenses of $169.5 million. Capital expense investments will total $75.4 million for new projects.


Funding will go towards:

  • Service Expansion: The 2020 Budget funds expanded service to include schedule improvements that will enhance customer connections, restructure routes to provide better connections between Swift Green Line and surrounding neighborhoods, and possible new routes to serve high-demand areas. The proposed budget calls for more buses and 16 new full-time employees to drive, maintain and support the service expansion.
  • Workforce Growth and Base Expansion: The total bus and paratransit hours of service will increase 5.4 percent, and the agency’s workforce will grow to more than 800 employees to support the increase. The budget will fund the first phase of a base expansion to provide adequate workspace and room for fleet expansion.
  • New and Replacement Buses: The agency will purchase 122 new vehicles: 25 expansion and 97 replacement vehicles. Those include 10 40-foot expansion buses, 15 expansion vanpool vans, 28 replacement buses, 57 replacement vanpool vans, and 13 replacement DART paratransit buses.
  • High Capacity Transit Network: Planning for Swift Orange Line is moving forward and the agency is on schedule to complete the project development phase for the line in 2020. The agency’s third bus rapid transit line is expected to be under construction in 2022 and operational in 2024. In addition to the Swift Orange Line project, the agency will conduct a study for the Swift Blue Line extension, which will extend service into King County to the planned Shoreline Sound Transit Link station.
  • Customer Experience: The agency will continue to focus on customer engagement as it relates to major projects through feedback and research. The budget funds investment in new and convenient methods for people to provide public comment, such as online open houses.

Download a PDF of the 2020 Adopted Budget Notebook.

Budget Documents

The annual adopted budget provides details of Community Transit's plans and projections for the current fiscal year. This includes agency operating revenue, department-level expense budgets, capital projects and other non-operating activity. The Board of Directors adopts an annual budget in December of the preceding year. Each spring, the board adopts an amended budget updating that year's projected revenues and expenses. 

2020 Adopted Budget Notebook (PDF)
2019 Adopted Budget (PDF)
2018 Adopted Budget (PDF)
2017 Adopted Budget (PDF)
2016 Budget Amendment (PDF)
2016 Budget (PDF)

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) provide audited financial information for past years, including financial statements, grants, key performance indicators, comparative financial information and economic data. Each spring, the agency publishes the previous year's audited CAFR.

2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (PDF)
2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (PDF)
2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (PDF)

Sales Taxes Support Transit

Community Transit's primary funding comes from a voter-approved 1.2 percent sales tax within the service district. That’s 12 cents of every $10 taxable purchase. 

Sales tax revenue typically accounts for 65 to 70 percent of Community Transit’s operating budget. Rider fares account for about 20-25 percent of the operating budget, and grants, advertising and interest make up the remainder of operating revenues.