The Route Ahead | Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath | January 5, 2018

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     January 2018 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

128th Street - January 8 2018

A new right-turn lane onto southbound I-5 at 128th Street SW has been paved and is nearly ready to open. This road-widening project is part of the Swift Green Line bus rapid transit project, which will be completed in early 2019.

New bus lane, right-turn lane to open on 128th Street

The first customer-facing part of the Swift Green Line construction project is due to open later this month. New bus-only and right-turn lanes heading eastbound on 128th Street at I-5 in south Everett will help buses and general traffic.

The bus-only lane will allow buses to continue straight onto the I-5 overpass, where they will then merge with regular traffic. The new right-lane will allow all vehicles to turn directly onto southbound I-5.

These changes are part of a road widening project at 128th Street on both sides of the I-5 overpass that is part of the larger Swift Green Line project. Work on the west side of the freeway started last summer. When the new lanes open this month, temporary signals and signage will be in place. Permanent signals and signs will be installed this spring.

Work has recently begun on the east side of the freeway, where a new westbound bus and right-turn lane will be constructed. That project is expected to be completed later this summer.

While these lanes will help Swift and other buses stay on schedule, they should also provide benefit to all traffic in this area.

Sign up for Swift Green Line construction updates at

Community Transit Live January 15 2018

Community Transit Live airs construction updates on Jan. 16

The Swift Green Line is the largest construction project in Community Transit’s history, and the project will be visible in parts of Bothell, Everett, Mill Creek and Snohomish County.

To keep residents updated about lane closures and construction work during this project, the agency is airing a monthly webcast called Community Transit Live. The next installment will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16.

During Community Transit Live, agency planners will discuss where construction is now taking place and what is coming up next. They will also talk about the benefits this second bus rapid transit line will bring to Snohomish County residents. Questions from the public will be answered in real time.

Tune in to Community Transit Live by viewing Community Transit’s Facebook page, or by visiting

New Ticket Vending Machine

Swift ticket machine upgrade will allow multi-rider purchases

An upgrade to the ticket vending machines along the Swift Blue Line will allow cash customers to pay for multiple riders in the same purchase. The upgrade will be tested at one of the two Everett Station machines in January. If all goes well, ticket machines at all Swift stations will get the upgrade over the next two months.

The vast majority of Community Transit bus riders use the ORCA smart card to pay their fare. By pre-paying to load the card with fare value ahead of time, all it takes is a tap of the card to board a bus. On Swift buses, where there is no fare box, cash-paying customers buy a ticket at the station. Until now, each rider bought a ticket separately.

All Swift Green Line Stations will have the upgraded ticket machines when that bus line starts operation in 2019.

Snowman at a Community Transit bus stop

Frosty is prepared for winter weather, are you?

When snowy or icy weather hits our region, bus service is often impacted. Energetic neighbors of this bus stop near Mukilteo created a snowman to remind riders to bundle up this winter.

Riders are advised to sign up for email and text alerts that let them know of changes to their route’s service. The Community Transit website is also updated beginning at 5 a.m. on a snow day with information about reroutes and delays.

Visit to learn more about winter service and subscribe to alerts.

If you have any questions, please email

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    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit