The Route Ahead | Issue 3, Volume 2 | December 2017

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      December 2017 | Issue 3, Volume 2 | Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

Community Transit Board December 7 2017

Board Approves 2018 Budget Focused on Service Expansion

The Community Transit Board of Directors yesterday approved the agency’s 2018 budget, with operating expenses of $142 million and capital expenses of $59.5 million.

The budget projects a 3.5 percent increase in service next year while preparing for a major service increase in early 2019 when the Swift Green Line opens.

Funding will go toward:

  • New bus service, more buses, and more employees to drive and maintain those buses.
  • Construction of 34 Swift Green Line stations and three road improvements projects.
  • Completion of the Seaway Transit Center and 128th Street widening project.
  • Purchase and delivery of 32 new buses, including six Double Talls, 84 vanpool vans (54 replacement, 30 expansion) and 15 DART paratransit replacement vehicles.
  • Work to upgrade the agency’s wireless communication system.
  • $10 million set aside for future base expansion to meet service growth needs.

Coach Operator chats with Transit Officer

Agency to Expand Police Unit as Service Grows

The 2018 budget also includes first-year funding for a new three-year contract with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) for transit safety and protection services.

From 2018 through 2020, the agency’s Transit Police Unit will add seven deputies, increasing the unit to 20 members. Transit police are regular SCSO deputies who patrol Community Transit buses and facilities, and respond to calls when needed.

“Our customers and employees deserve to feel safe and secure on our service and in our facilities,” said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath.

Stuff a Buss 2016

Stuff a Bus in Snohomish, Dec. 9-10

You can help stuff a 30-foot Community Transit bus with holiday cheer while shopping this weekend. An extra can of food, box of diapers or toy will make a big difference for a local family in need.

A list of suggested items will be available from Community Transit volunteers at the Snohomish Fred Meyer at 2801 Bickford Avenue at these times:

·      Saturday, Dec. 9: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Santa Claus: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

·      Sunday, Dec. 10: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Oxy Gene: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Santa Claus: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual Stuff a Bus event is a partnership between the Volunteers of America Western Washington, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1576, Fred Meyer, Everett Transit and Community Transit. In 2016, the donation drive collected more than 10,000 pounds of food and 2,200 toys. All donations went directly to local families during the holidays.

Rep. Rick Larsen

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen to Co-Chair Congressional Bus Caucus

U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen has been named co-chair of the newly formed Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus. Larsen, a Democrat from Washington’s 2nd Congressional District in Northwest Washington, will co-chair the group with Republican Congressman David Young from Iowa.

“As someone who uses public transportation every day, I understand just how critical safe and reliable bus systems are for working Americans,” said Larsen.

Larsen is a strong advocate for public transportation, and a longtime transit rider. He served on the Community Transit Board of Directors when he was a Snohomish County Councilman before being elected to Congress.

Community Transit Live Dec. 7 2017

Swift Construction Goes Live via Internet

Construction is well underway on all three phases of the Swift Green Line project – the 34 Swift stations, widening of 128th Street at I-5 and the new Seaway Transit Center.

At various times, each of these projects has impacts on neighboring residents and businesses, and traffic traveling along the future Swift Green Line corridor.

The public can now keep updated on the construction projects through a monthly live webcast. Community Transit Live debuted last night on the agency’s website and Facebook page. For 30 minutes, Community Transit Communications Manager Martin Munguia and Swift Project Manager June DeVoll provided updates and took questions on construction of the Green Line and the overall project.

Viewers can watch the monthly webcasts at You can also sign up to receive the weekly Swift construction newsletter.

If you have any questions, please email

CEO Signature

    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit