Snohomish County, Wash. - Due to a stronger-than-expected local economy, Community Transit forecasts a 30% increase in transit service over the next six years. The agency’s Draft 2021-2026 Transit Development Plan (TDP) calls for expanding the Swift bus rapid transit network, connecting commuter bus routes to light rail in 2021 and 2024, and increasing bus frequency and daily service hours to provide better access and more transit options in and around Snohomish County.
The TDP is a state-mandated report that forecasts revenue and service levels for the next six years and is updated every year. Last year’s TDP outlined “slow recovery” and “rapid recovery” revenue scenarios based on economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s plan forecasts revenue that exceeds the “rapid recovery” scenario, laying the groundwork for added transit service. In addition, one-time federal stimulus funds allow Community Transit to offset operating costs and boost its capital infrastructure investments.
The Draft 2021-2026 TDP is available for review online at www.communitytransit.org/TDP; public comment is welcome through August 5.
The draft TDP outlines these priorities for service increases:
The draft TDP forecasts that incoming revenue and one-time federal stimulus funding will allow capital infrastructure investment in these areas:
The Draft 2021-2026 Transit Development Plan is available for public comment through August 5. The plan is online at www.communitytransit.org/TDP.
Comments can be sent several ways:
A public hearing before the Community Transit Board of Directors will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, August 5. Please visit www.communitytransit.org/publiccomment for details on how to participate in this meeting. For more information or to inquire about special needs arrangements, call (425) 353-7433 .
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 Swift Blue Line along Highway 99, the Swift Green Line between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field, and the new Swift Orange Line coming to Mill Creek and Lynnwood in 2024.