The Route Ahead: November 2017 | Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

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     November 3, 2017 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

Oxy Gene at a parade

Community Transit veterans to march in Mill Creek Veterans’ Day Parade

Veterans who work for Community Transit will join clean air defender Oxy Gene for the Mill Creek Veterans’ Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Mill Creek Town Center.

Community Transit employs U.S. Armed Forces veterans as bus drivers, mechanics, planners, managers and directors.

The agency has received both the Patriot Award and the Above and Beyond Award from the Washington State Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for its policies and benefits directed at veterans and reserve members.

Ross talks to small business owners

Agency looks to increase small business partnerships

Community Transit has long worked informally with Snohomish County small businesses to help them with commute needs. Now, the agency is formalizing a program specifically aimed at businesses with 99 or fewer employees.

To help better understand small business needs, the agency conducted a survey to get input from small businesses along the county’s most congested corridors. Business owners and managers can take the survey through Nov. 8. Details about the program and survey can be found at

Meanwhile, Community Transit participated in the recent North Puget Sound Small Business Summit aimed at helping connect small and disadvantaged businesses with large agencies.

CEO Emmett Heath noted that in 2015, when Community Transit initiated the first Small Business Summit, the agency had about $23,000 in contracts with local small businesses. This year, the transit agency is positioned to contract more than $4 million worth of services with local small businesses.

Community Transit Service Hours Proposed for 2018 Budget

Bus service expansion continues in Proposed 2018 Budget

Community Transit’s proposed 2018 budget includes a lot of construction to support expanded bus service. Next year, the agency will build 34 stations for its new Swift Green Line bus rapid transit route, a new Seaway Transit Center near Boeing’s Everett plant, and road improvements to help buses stay on schedule.

The agency will also purchase 32 new buses, including six Double Talls, as well as 84 vanpool vans (54 replacement and 30 expansion) and 15 DART paratransit replacement vehicles.

The proposed budget projects a 9 percent increase in sales tax revenue over 2017 and 5.5 percent increase in expenditures.

The Community Transit Proposed 2018 Budget is available online at

Swift Green Line Service Map

Join the virtual conversation about Swift Green Line construction, Dec. 5

Construction on the 34 stations that will make up the Swift Green Line bus rapid transit route is set to begin later this month. Swift stations will be built at 16 intersections between the Canyon Park Park & Ride in Bothell and the new Seaway Transit Center near the Everett Boeing plant.

Stations will be built in several phases over the coming year. Construction starts at Airport Road & Highway 99, moving north through the Paine Field/Boeing area.

Community Transit will hold a virtual community meeting to talk about the Swift Green Line at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. You can participate from home, work or wherever you are on a computer or mobile device.

Visit to get login details, and sign up for the weekly Swift Network News construction newsletter.

If you have any questions, please email

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    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit