News / Published on Feb 3, 2023

Community Transit proposes new connections to light rail and more frequent bus service

After two years of community input & interagency coordination, Community Transit proposes transit changes for “2024 and beyond."

Public comment sought on “2024 and Beyond” transit changes

Snohomish County, Wash. – After two years of community input and interagency coordination, Community Transit is proposing transit changes for “2024 and beyond” that would increase frequencies on local bus service and include connections to light rail in Snohomish County. 

The proposal contains 35 bus routes operating with approximately 480,000 annual service hours, a 32% increase over current service. The plan increases bus frequency and shortens wait times for riders by more than doubling the number of routes with 30-minute or better frequency and tripling the number of routes with 20-minute or better frequency on weekdays.

The plan calls for increasing service in phases from 2024 to 2026 based on evolving plans for the opening of Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link extension of light rail, recruitment of new drivers, and other projects that may affect bus service on the I-5 corridor.

The agency is asking people who live and travel in Snohomish County to provide feedback on the proposed transit changes now through March 4. Details are available at

“We are excited to propose a plan for our transit future that was designed with strong community input,” said Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz. “When light rail arrives in Snohomish County, we will have more frequent local service that will help people travel throughout our county and connect to the regional light rail network.”

Service highlights

The proposal creates a more compact and higher frequency bus network for Snohomish County. The changes reduce Community Transit bus service from 46 to 35 routes with the eventual elimination of routes that serve Northgate and downtown Seattle. Light rail will provide those trips faster and without traffic interruptions. The agency will reinvest that service capacity to strengthen local bus connections. 

The plan also includes expansion of bus rapid transit (BRT) service which travels along some of the most heavily used corridors in the county and attracts high ridership. The Swift Orange Line will connect with both the Swift Blue and Swift Green lines as well as provide a direct connection to light rail in Lynnwood. The Swift Blue Line will also connect to light rail at I-5 in Shoreline.

Public comment

Public comment on the proposed transit changes is open now through March 4. Details of the plan are available at

Community Transit staff will be available to answer questions about the plan in person and online:

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sound Transit’s Everett Link Extension Public Scoping Meeting
Community Transit will host a table at the meeting to share information and answer your questions about the transit changes. 

Cascade High School (Cafeteria), 801 E Casino Rd, Everett, WA 98203

Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-7 p.m.

Webinar and Q&A
Community Transit will host a webinar and Q&A on Zoom to present information about the transit changes and answer your questions. 

Members of the public can send their comments on this plan to:

A public hearing before the board of directors will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 2. Details on how to participate at the hearing are available at

Community Transit is responsible for providing bus and paratransit service, vanpool and alternative commute options in Snohomish County. The agency is building a network of Swift bus rapid transit lines with the Swift Blue Line along Highway 99, Swift Green Line between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field, and Swift Orange Line coming to Mill Creek and Lynnwood in 2024.