Swift Network News | Volume 2, Issue 24 | Construction Update for January 19, 2018

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 Vol. 2, Issue 24

The new bus-only lane makes crossing I-5 easier for traffic.

The new bus-only lane makes crossing I-5 easier for traffic.

New Eastbound Bus-Only Lane a Success

The new eastbound bus-only lane is now open near the I-5 overpass on 128th Street SW, easing traffic congestion.

When traffic is heavy, bus drivers can use the new lane to take advantage of a green light that will come on before the other lights, giving the bus several seconds to move ahead before merging into the regular traffic lane.

If needed, buses can also access a right-lane bus-only merge pocket on the overpass to wait for an opportunity to merge into regular lanes.

Before the creation of the bus-only lane, buses have taken anywhere from 3 to 17 minutes to get past the overpass. The new lane is expected to cut that time in half.

Information about the 128th Street project is online at www.communitytransit.org/128th. 

In Case You Missed It...

Community Transit Community Transit Live on Jan. 16 featured live discussion about Swift Green Line and other topics from viewers.

See the captioned video at www.communitytransit.org/CTLive or on our Facebook page.

Community Transit Live on Jan. 16

Pole Installation Continues on 75th St.

Seven new traffic signal poles and three new light poles are being installed along 75th Street SW from Seaway Blvd. to 16th Ave. W.

Weather permitting, the poles should be in place by Feb. 2. The mast arms — the part that reaches over lanes of traffic — will be installed shortly after that.

Installing the poles requires lanes of traffic to be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. but exactly which lanes are closed at any given time depends upon the location of the pole being installed.

Please use caution when driving on 75th St. 

Remember —  traffic fines double in work zones!

Information about the Seaway Transit Center is online at www.communitytransit.org/seaway. 

Use caution when driving through construction areas.

Station Construction on Airport Rd. Focuses on Concrete

Concrete is the main focus for construction crews working on the Swift Green Line stations.

On Jan. 12-15, concrete bus pads were installed in the far-right traffic lanes at four locations on Airport Road. The pads reinforce the roadway at the site where Swift buses will stop for passengers.

Next week, crews will continue concrete work along Airport Rd. Some locations will be prepped for concrete by grading land, setting forms and placing rebar, while others will receive concrete pours for curbs, sidewalks and foundations.

Expect periodic daytime (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and nighttime
(8 p.m. to 4 a.m.) single-lane closures next week.

Information about the stations for Swift Green Line is online at www.communitytransit.org/swiftstations. 

Crews put finishing touches on an in-lane bus pad along Airport Rd.

Construction Divided into Four Areas

The Swift Green Line will serve 34 stations at 16 intersections and two terminals.

Community Transit is building the stations in stages: underground utility work, concrete platforms, and finally the station structures. Stage 1 began in Area 1, the northernmost part of the route, and will generally move east and south. Subsequent stages will follow the same overall pattern, resulting in each station being touched several times over the next year.

Swift bus rapid transit provides quick, rail-like service, with fares paid at the station and passengers getting on and off the bus in about 10 seconds.

When the Swift Green Line connects with the existing Swift Blue Line at Highway 99 & Airport Road, it will establish Snohomish County’s first high-capacity transit network. The network will eventually include more Swift lines and Link light rail.

Swift Green Line will begin service in early 2019.

Swift Green Line station construction areas