Agency Proposes to Expand Service by 14 Percent

Mar 3, 2016

Two new routes will improve east-west travel, add service on Hwy 9

Snohomish County, Wash. – Community Transit today proposed two new routes along Highway 9 in east Snohomish County, route revisions in Marysville, and added trips throughout the county and into Seattle. The major service expansion follows last fall’s voter-approved ballot measure funding expanded transit service for Snohomish County.

The agency is taking public comment on the proposal through April 8. If approved by the Board of Directors in May, the new service will be implemented in September 2016 and March 2017. Details of the proposal are available at www.communitytransit.org/newservice.

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“Following some modest improvements in March, this will be the first significant transit increase after Proposition 1, and we cannot thank the public enough for its support,” said Emmett Heath, Community Transit CEO. “We’re not stopping here; there will be more service expansion proposals in coming years. This is part of our mission to provide a world-class transit system for all Snohomish County residents.”

The proposal would expand Community Transit service by 14 percent over 2015 service levels. Further proposals outlined in the agency’s draft six-year plan would increase service by 40 percent by 2021.

New routes

Under this proposal, a new Route 109 would travel north on Ash Way from the Ash Way Park & Ride to the Mariner Park & Ride. It would travel east on 128th/132nd past the McCollum Park Park & Ride and along Cathcart Way to Highway 9. The route would go north on Highway 9 to serve Snohomish and the Lake Stevens Transit Center.

A new Route 209 would start at the Lake Stevens Transit Center, travel north on Highway 9 and turn west on 64th Street in Marysville by the new Walmart. The route would continue west on 4th Street across I-5, then north on 27th Avenue to Quil Ceda Village, ending near the Tulalip Resort Casino.

These two new routeswould provide 30-minute service in the weekday morning and afternoon peaks, and hourly service the rest of the day and on weekends. These routes would provide new east-west county connections and establish north-south service along Highway 9 east of Everett. This service would also provide new connections for people along Highway 2 east of Snohomish.

Revised routes

A revised Route 222would retain its current routing in Quil Ceda Village and on the
Tulalip Reservation.

From Quil Ceda Village, the route would travel east on 88th Street and turn south on 83rd Avenue by Marysville Getchell High School. The route would turn west on 64th Street, then north on 67th Avenue and west on Grove Street, passing the Marysville Library. The route would continue west to State Avenue.

A revised Route 417 would no longer stop at the Lynnwood Transit Center, shortening the trip from Mukilteo to downtown Seattle.

These proposed route changes would take place in September 2016.

Added trips

Community Transit also proposes to add new trips on commuter Routes 402, 412, 415, 860 and 871 to Seattle and the University of Washington in September.

The agency is proposing new trips to expand service hours on local routes, including Swiftand Routes 101, 113, 115, 201, 202 and 222.

Routes 119 and 120 would get additional midday trips to provide better weekday frequency.

These local trips would be added in March 2017.

Community Transit has launched a recruitment drive to hire new drivers and mechanics to support the expansion. The next phase of service increases will come in fall 2017 after the agency has time to purchase new buses.

DART paratransit expansion

Because this service expansion proposal includes service to new areas, as well as expanded hours of bus operations, DART paratransit service would be expanded. DART is available to eligible residents within ¾-miles of a local, non-commuter fixed route during the same hours the bus operates.

Public comment

Public comment on this proposal will be taken through April 8 by email, phone, mail and in person.

Community Transit staff will be talking to riders about the proposal at park & rides and transit centers through the county. Four community meetings will take place on these dates:

Tuesday, March 22, 6-8 p.m.
Marysville YMCA, Pilchuck Room,
6420 60th Drive NE, Marysville WA 98270
Accessible by Route 222.

Wednesday, March 23, 6-8 p.m.
Volunteers of America Western Washington Training and Learning Center
16300 Motor Place
Lynnwood, WA 98087
Accessible by Routes 115 & 116.

Thursday, March 24, 1-3 p.m.
Everett Station, Weyerhaeuser Room,
3201 Smith Ave, Everett, WA 98201
Accessible by multiple Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit routes.

Wednesday, March 30, 6-8 p.m.
Lake Stevens Community Center
1808 Main Street
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Accessible by Route 280.

People may also offer their comments before the Board of Directors at a public hearing at   3 p.m., Thursday, April 7 in the Community Transit Board Room, 7100 Hardeson Road, Everett, WA 98203. Accessible by Everett Transit Route 8.

Community Transit is responsible for providing transportation options for Snohomish County residents, including bus and paratransit service, vanpool and ridesharing options. Call Community Transit at (425) 353-7433 or (800) 562-1375 for bus information, or (888) 814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information, or go to www.communitytransit.org. You can also read our blog at www.communitytransit.blogspot.com, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter at @MyCommTrans or watch our videos on YouTube.