Snohomish County, Wash. – The elimination of a single bus route between Seattle and Mountlake Terrace in 1971 led to state legislation that resulted in the creation of Community Transit and two dozen other transit agencies statewide.
The Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation, as the agency is legally known, was incorporated after a 79 percent “Yes” vote on June 1, 1976. Transit service began on October 4 that year.
While the agency originally operated in only seven Snohomish County communities, it has expanded over the years to serve 19 cities and towns, plus unincorporated Snohomish County. Last year, the agency provided 10 million passenger trips throughout the county and into Seattle.
Over the coming months leading up to its 40th anniversary of service, the agency will highlight its history of safe, reliable and friendly service through social media and community events.
Under the theme “Bringing You Home,” Community Transit is highlighting the efforts of employees and departments that keep its service running, from bus drivers, mechanics and planners to IT and HR staff. These dramatic photos will be featured in social media, advertising and on a traveling display honoring the faces behind the service provided.
Throughout the spring and summer, Community Transit will participate in fairs, festivals and parades throughout Snohomish County to talk about a major service expansion [link archived] taking place in September. Two new routes and a number of new bus trips are being added.
At some events, the agency will take its popular “antique bus” – a 1959 GMC that was one of the original vehicles – decorated with 40th anniversary markings. Cutouts of employees from throughout the agency are seated in the bus, creating a walk-through diorama.
More information about Community Transit’s 40 years of service to Snohomish County can be found at www.communitytransit.org/40thanniversary [link archived].
In order to expand the agency’s high quality service, Community Transit is recruiting new employees. The agency expects to hire 32 new bus drivers, 14 new maintenance workers and several other administrative positions this year.
A list of open positions and instructions how to apply are available at www.communitytransit.org/jobs.
Did You Know?
In 1979, the agency held a contest to choose a new name. “Community Transit” was the winner, and a video promoting the new name was hosted by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Raible.
Community Transit has been providing transportation options for Snohomish County residents, including bus and paratransit service, vanpool and ridesharing options, since 1976. 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.