The Route Ahead: Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath for February 2018

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February 2018 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

New Board Members Kim Daughtry and Joe Neigel

Kim Daughtry, Lake Stevens City Council member (left) and Joe Neigel, Sultan City Council member (right) were selected by fellow elected officials within Snohomish County to serve on the Community Transit Board of Directors.

New Board Members Selected

The Community Transit Board of Directors has several new faces, as well as new leadership for 2018.

Lake Stevens City Council member Kim Daughtry and Sultan City Council member Joe Neigel were selected by fellow elected officials within the county to serve on the nine-member board. In addition, Granite Falls City Council member Bruce Straughn, Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and Snohomish County Council member Nate Nehring were selected as board alternates.

At the board’s Feb. 1 meeting, members selected new leadership for 2018. Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley is chair, Daughtry is vice chair and Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring is secretary.

The transit board is made up of elected officials representing Snohomish County and the cities within the agency’s service district. A non-voting labor representative also sits on the board.

128th St Lanes Open

New Bus Lane Opens on 128th Street & I-5

A new bus lane has opened at the I-5 overpass heading eastbound on 128th Street SW in south Everett. The lane is one of several road improvements underway in anticipation of the Swift Green Line, which will begin service next year between Bothell and Boeing.

Transit data indicates that buses take anywhere from 3 to 17 minutes to get across the overpass and the new lane should cut that time in half. Learn more about the Swift Green Line project at

TVM Machine Upgrade

Swift Ticket Machines Will Soon Allow Multiple Rider Purchases

An upgrade to the ticket vending machines along the Swift Blue Line will allow cash-paying customers to pay for multiple riders with one purchase. One reason Swift buses transport riders quicker than regular buses is that riders pay their fares at the station, not on the bus.

Until now, people using cash or credit cards to pay their fare have been able to pay for only one rider at a time.

Customers at the Everett Station Swift Stations have been using the upgraded machine for several weeks and have given them positive reviews. The machines at the other Swift stations will be upgraded over the next couple of months.

CT Live with Martin and June

CT Live is Where To Be @Noon, Feb. 22

There will soon be another opportunity for customers and the general public to ask questions about the Swift Green Line in real time. The next Community Transit Live webcast is scheduled for noon on Feb. 22.

Each month, the 30-minute online “show” features agency staff providing updates on the Swift Green Line construction project. Sounds exciting, right? People love it!

The debut program on Dec. 7 had a handful of live viewers, but by the end of the month nearly 900 people had watched the show via Community Transit’s website or on Facebook. A week after the last program aired on Jan. 16, more than 1,200 viewed the program. This new communications tool is proving to be a great way to reach our riders and the public about important issues. In the coming months, look for shows about the new service proposal and possibly other topics, in addition to monthly Swift updates.

Visit to learn more about the Community Transit Live webcast, view previous episodes, provide feedback, or submit questions ahead of time.

If you have any questions, please email

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    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit