Double Talls have replaced aging 60-foot articulated buses to add more seats to our 400-series routes serving trips to downtown Seattle. The 47 Double Talls represent the U.S.'s second-largest fleet of double-deckers!
Our Double Talls:
Compared to the 60-foot, 60-seat buses they replaced, Double Talls:
Because of their ability to ease congestion on I-5 between Snohomish County and Seattle, Double Tall buses score well in Washington Regional Mobility Grant funding competitions.
The Double Tall buses require less maintenance (since there's no joint in the middle) and use less fuel than the articulated buses. As a result, they handle snowy and icy road conditions better when articulated buses are usually removed from service.
Facts About the Double Tall
The Double Talls are made by Alexander Dennis Ltd., the company that makes the famous London double-deckers.
Community Transit's decision to buy these buses required the Scotland-based bus manufacturer to build these buses in the United States to meet federal Buy America standards. This is a requirement for the federal money that helped pay for the buses.
Bus Model: Enviro 500
Where to find a Double Tall
Most Double Talls are assigned to early morning routes going into downtown Seattle (Routes 402, 405, 410, 413, 415, 416,417, 421, 422, 425). Your best chance at riding a Double Tall bus is on Route 512 (which runs throughout the day and on weekends). Please note that another bus may be assigned due to maintenance and availability.
Source: Community Transit 2022 Transit Development Plan, Page 32