The Route Ahead | May 2017 News from CEO Emmett Heath

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       May 2017 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

Rendering of Seaway Transit Center

Constructions Begins on Seaway Transit Center

Swift Green Line gets full federal funding

The first phase of the Swift Green Line project is underway. This week, construction work started on the Seaway Transit Center across from the main gate to the Boeing Everett plant. This center will be a hub for Paine Field-area bus service and the northern terminal for the Swift Green Line.

The Swift Green Line will connect the Boeing/Paine Field aerospace manufacturing area in Everett with the Canyon Park technology center in Bothell. With fewer stops and buses every 10 minutes, the Swift Green Line will provide a rail-like alternative for workers and shoppers in Bothell, Mill Creek and south Everett to choose transit instead of driving their cars.

The Seaway Transit Center is expected to open in mid-to late 2018. The Swift Green Line is scheduled to begin operation in early 2019.

This week, Congress passed a 2017 federal spending bill that includes $43.1 million for the Swift Green Line. This completes funding on the $73 million project, which will bring hundreds of jobs to the region.

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Todd Morrow gives Legislative Report at May 4, 2017 Board Meeting

Congressional Spending Bill Provides Funding for Swift Green Line

With final passage of a 2017 federal spending bill this week, full funding for the Swift Green Line is guaranteed. A letter of no prejudice Community Transit obtained from the Federal Transit Administration earlier this year allowed the agency to begin construction on the Seaway Transit Center this month, and the 128th Street widening project scheduled to start in June. But with the federal bill approved, the agency can now move forward with building the 31 stations and various road improvements that will enable the Swift Green Line to open on time in early 2019.

This week’s actions in Washington, D.C. culminate a great deal of behind-the-scenes work to guarantee federal transit funding, said Community Transit Chief of External Affairs Todd Morrow in his legislative report to the Board of Directors yesterday.

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Double Tall Bus, Route 415

Service Expansion set for September

The Community Transit Board of Directors yesterday approved a plan to increase bus service by 6 percent starting this September, including two routes that will serve the Boeing-Paine Field area from south Snohomish County. 

The plan will also add more trips to downtown Seattle and UW, and improve Sunday bus service with more frequent buses and later hours on some routes. The final plan differs from a proposal offered to riders in March, based on customer feedback. All changes will be effective this fall, except for the extension of late-night Sunday service, which will take effect in March 2018.

Read details here.

Trade Up Event

Community Transit reaches out to students about careers in transit

More than 120 students participated in the April 27 Trade Up careers event at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Community Transit brought a 60-foot bus for them to explore.

Driver Devan Hogan and Mechanic Apprentice Cooper Meston answered questions about what their every day job entails and how they can prepare for a job driving or fixing a large vehicle. Students especially enjoyed looking at the bus engine.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley, both Community Transit Board members, were on hand at the event.

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   Emmett Heath, CEO
   Community Transit