The Route Ahead | April 2018 | Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

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April 2018 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

Line up of Double Talls

 By late 2019, Community Transit will have a total of 70 double deckers in its fleet.

Federal grant will help expand Double Tall fleet

Community Transit already has the second largest U.S. fleet of double decker buses in regular transit service, and thanks to a new federal grant it will soon be expanding that number.

This week, the Federal Transit Administration announced a $1.37 million Bus and Bus Facilities grant award to Community Transit to purchase expansion Double Tall buses.

Yesterday, the Community Transit Board of Directors approved the purchase of eight Double Tall buses that are expected to go into service in late 2019. Added to the agency’s 62 Double Talls already in service, Community Transit will have a total of 70 double deckers carrying passengers between Snohomish and King counties.

The board also approved the purchase of 28 additional buses that will replace aging vehicles and expand the Swift fleet in time for opening of the Swift Green Line in spring 2019.

Mill Creek Construction Map

Learn about Swift Green Line Construction at April 12 Mill Creek Open House

Community Transit staff will answer questions about Swift Green Line construction at a Mill Creek Open House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12. 

The City of Mill Creek is holding this event to inform residents about several construction projects that will be impacting the community this year. The event will take place at Mill Creek City Hall North, Large Community Room, 15720 Main Street in Mill Creek.

Choice Connections Winners

Commuters recognized for smart alternatives

For their decades-long commitment to choosing better options for their commute, Bob Stiles and Paul Grasser were honored at Community Transit’s 21st Annual Choice Connections Awards last week in Mukilteo.

Bad weather doesn’t stop Stiles from biking and busing from Edmonds to Seattle every day. Equally dedicated, Poulsbo resident Grasser walks onto the ferry and buses to Premera in Mountlake Terrace, saving time and inspiring others to do the same.

The Community Transit event honor commuters and companies in Snohomish County and Bothell that work to reduce traffic congestion and encourage smart transportation choices such as riding the bus, sharing a ride, bicycling or walking. 

Learn about the other award winners here.

Pictured above: CEO Emmett Heath (right) congratulates Bob Stiles (top left) and Paul Grasser (bottom left) for their award-winning dedication to smart commuting.

Canyon Park Walkability exercise with Mark Fenton

Nationally recognized walkability expert visits Snohomish County

Public health advocate Mark Fenton visited the Canyon Park business park last week to discuss walkability in relation to land use planning. Fenton spoke to a group of 40 planners, elected officials and local residents about the changes in public health, especially among school-age kids, since the automobile became the primary mobility vehicle in America.

Fenton came to Snohomish County as the keynote speaker at Community Transit’s Choice Connections Awards event on March 29, but held this forum the day prior to advocate for more walkable community planning. In addition to his talk, he led a group walk around the Canyon Park area to point out opportunities for better walkable solutions.

Pictured above: Mark Fenton leads a group of planners, elected officials and residents on a walking tour of Canyon Park business park.

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    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit