Long Range Plan

Looking Ahead to 2030

The 20-Year Long Range Planning Project builds on the corridor vision described in Community Transit's Six-Year Transit Development Plan. Adopted by the agency's Board of Directors in 2010, the plan is updated annually and identifies a series of possible transit emphasis corridors that will serve as the backbone of Community Transit’s future route network (see map).

The Long Range Plan refines those corridors and proposes a planning framework to guide their development as we work toward implementing the corridor vision.

Plans are underway to update the Long Range Plan in 2015.

How the Long Range Plan Began

The Long Range Plan project kicked off in February 2009.

Community Transit, working with our consultant team from Nelson\Nygaard, met with city officials from throughout Snohomish County, followed by focus groups composed of riders and community leaders.

We were anxious to learn about their needs and thoughts about the future of transportation in Snohomish County. Summaries of what we heard from each group are here. The plan was adopted by the Community Transit Board on March 3, 2011.

The Long Range Plan:

  • Provides performance guidelines that set targets for each Community Transit route.
  • Helps monitor the system’s performance to determine whether Community Transit is getting value for the taxpayer investment.
  • Contains route design measures to inform local jurisdictions about the population densities, development patterns and infrastructure that support effective transit service.
  • Helps us to better coordinate future transit services with planned residential and commercial growth

A strong emphasis on partnerships and coordinated planning helps ensure that all agencies are working efficiently toward a common transportation vision that will enable more people to "think transit first."

The Long Range Transit Plan will be important in helping to define Community Transit’s leadership role in providing transportation solutions for the Puget Sound region.

Projected Growth

A line-up of Double Tall BusesHere are some things that we are being told will happen in Snohomish County between now and 2030:

  • The county will be home to 981,000 people, 375,000 more than in 2000. Regional plans, still being refined, call for residential growth to be focused on urban centers such as Everett, Lynnwood and Edmonds.
  • There will be 132,000 new jobs in the county, but many county residents will continue commuting to King County.
  • Most of the county’s employment growth will occur in the southwest part of the county, especially Everett and Lynnwood. Other cities will also experience significant numbers of new jobs.
  • Eastern King County – Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond, and Bellevue – will attract increasing numbers of Snohomish County commuters.
  • New highway and road construction will not keep pace with population growth. Roads – both freeways and city streets – will become more congested. Throughout the county, local jurisdictions see public transportation, especially Community Transit, as an important part of their strategies for maintaining mobility as congestion increases.
  • Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail system will reach Lynnwood within the next 15 years. Community Transit will need to design its services to coordinate with that system.

Long Range Transit Plan