Swift is Community Transit's Bus Rapid Transit Service.
Washington State’s first bus rapid transit line, the Swift Blue Line, opened in November 2009. It serves a 17-mile route between Everett and Shoreline designed to move people quickly, whether you are traveling from Everett to Lynnwood, Edmonds to Shoreline or anywhere in between.
A second Swift line will serve a 12.5-mile route between Paine Field/Boeing and Canyon Park/Bothell. Construction on the Swift Green Line started in May 2017. Service on the Swift Green Line is expected to start in early 2019.
Swift is a bus line that operates like a train, thanks to the following features:
No need for a schedule
- Swift operates every 10 minutes Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the exception of one 4:20 a.m. weekday trip that travels in each direction.
- Swift operates every 20 minutes early mornings, nights and weekends.
- The last bus leaves each terminal at 11 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 8:40 p.m. on Sundays.
- Swift buses stop at each station, like a train. No need to pull a cord or flag the bus down.
Pay fares first
- Riders pay their fares at the station while waiting for the bus, then board at any door when the bus arrives. Fares for Swift are the same as local service.
- Riders can pay fare by tapping an ORCA card at the station, or with cash or credit card by purchasing a ticket. There are no fare boxes on Swift buses.
- Each station has two ticket vending machines, and this video shows how to use them. Here are some quick tips:
- Do not insert payment first; press the green "Start" button to begin.
- You can purchase up to five tickets at once.
- Machine accepts $1 and $5 bills, but does not give change.
- Keep your ticket as proof of payment.
- Swift buses stop at stations for only about 10 seconds, so get on or off the bus quickly!
- Swift buses have three doors and you can enter any one of them.
- Wheelchairs and mobility devices should board at the front door where a ramp can be deployed.
- Bicycles can be rolled onto bike racks located inside the third door.
High tech, high speed
- ORCA smart card readers and ticket vending machines at each station make paying your fare fast and easy.
- Swift buses get signal priority, queue jumps and dedicated lanes for much of their routes, helping them to stay on time.
- Real-time next bus signs at the stations count down the minutes until the next Swift bus will arrive.
- Automatic announcements (audio and visual) on the bus let you know which station is coming up next.
Accessible for All
Swift station platforms are higher than a standard curb and nearly even with the floor of the bus, making it easy to step aboard.
People who use wheelchairs or mobility devices enter at the front door and have an option to use a passive restraint system that doesn’t require driver assistance. Standard restraint areas are also available.