Swift Network News | Volume 2, Issue 43 | Construction Update for June 1, 2018

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 Vol. 2, Issue 43

Seaway Glass Block Window Framing

The exterior of the mechanical building at Seaway Transit Center will feature masonry and glass block windows.

Seaway Transit Center

Less Than Half an Acre of Concrete to Go

Transit Center Site

About 1.7 of the 2 acres of concrete needed for the future transit center has been poured, creating bus lanes and platforms. Curbs and sidewalks will be the poured the week of June 4.

The exterior of the mechanical building should be complete by the end of the day June 1. This includes the roof, masonry and glass block windows.

Bus shelters, wayfinding signs and landscaping will be installed over the summer.

Seaway Blvd.

The right lane of northbound Seaway Blvd. will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 to pave the curb of the new bus pullout.

75th Street

The right lane of eastbound 75th St. will be closed June 6-7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to continue installing vehicle detectors at the intersection of 75th St. and the Seaway Transit Center entrance.

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

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Training Station Repainting

Ticket Vending Machine Upgrade Complete

Ticket vending machines at every Swift Blue Line station have been successfully upgraded with new software that allows up to five tickets to be purchased at once.

Transactions on the new software are a little different than on the old machines; the biggest difference is that payment is made at the end of the transaction, not the beginning. If you need assistance, this video demonstrating the new process shows how it's done.

Summer Painting Project for Swift Blue Line Stations

Swift Blue Line stations have been in operation since 2009, and they are ready for a fresh coat of paint!

The stations will be power washed during the week of June 4 to prepare for painting. Power washing will be done during non-service hours and will not affect traffic.

Beginning June 11, painting crews will close two stations at a time to repaint them with a specially formulated high-performance paint. 

While painting, the entire station will be enclosed so the work can be done quickly and in an environmentally safe manner. The photo at right shows the Swift training station enclosed during the painting process.

Pedestrians will be able to access the sidewalk on the street side of the station, and Swift buses will pick up and drop off passengers at the nearest local bus stop. 

ORCA readers and ticket vending machines will not be operable at a closed station; riders are expected to pay their fare when they get off of the Swift bus.

Notice will be posted at each station a week before it closes and will include directions to the nearest local stop.

What is the Swift Blue Line?

Click here to see how the Swift Blue Line and the Swift Green Line will connect.

The Swift Blue Line provides bus rapid transit service on Highway 99, serving 29 stations between its terminals at Everett Station and Aurora Village Transit Center. The Blue Line has been in operation since 2009.

Information about Swift Blue Line is online at www.communitytransit.org/swiftblue.

128th Street Project

New Traffic Signals Being Activated on Both Sides of I-5

East of I-5

Crews are nearly finished installing a new traffic signal near the northbound I-5 on-ramp on westbound 128th St. On Sunday, June 3, one westbound lane of traffic near the on-ramp will be closed from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. while the new traffic signal is completed and tested before the old one is removed.

Throughout next week, crews will continue work on driveways and sidewalks in front of the Quality Inn hotel and the Shell gas station, as well as on the traffic island at the I-5 on-ramp. Traffic will be routed to one side of the island or the other as needed, but no lane closures are expected.

West of I-5

Next week, crews will power up the new traffic signal just before the I-5 overpass and remove the old one. On Thursday, June 7, one eastbound lane of traffic will close at 8 p.m. A second lane of traffic may close intermittently, but southbound on-ramp to I-5 will remain open at all times. All lanes will re-open by 4 a.m. on Friday morning.

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

Community Transit Live
Matt Coomes talks about the RideStore on CTLive May 29 2018

Webcast Features Tales from Lost and Found

In case you missed it...

The May 29 Community Transit Live webcast featured construction updates and a special guest -- Matt Coomes, live from the RideStore at Lynnwood Transit Center.

As supervisor of the RideStore, Coomes handles many customer service issues, including Community Transit's Lost and Found items. 

Watch the 30-minute video to get the latest information on Swift Green Line construction and to hear funny stories about the things that people leave behind on buses!

Keep an eye on Swift Network News for the date of the June edition of Community Transit Live.

View previous webcasts, provide feedback or submit questions at www.communitytransit.org/ctlive.

Swift Green Line Station Construction
NB Kasch Park fenced

Stations on Airport Rd. Await Next Phase of Construction

Airport Rd. (Area 1) 

Many station sites in Area 1 have completed the first several phases of construction, with steel frames and glass tops in place. These stations are fenced off for safety  (see photo) while they await the next phase of construction this summer.

128th/132nd St. (Area 2)

Weather permitting, the following station sites in Area 2 are scheduled to receive concrete from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the week of June 4-8:

  • Westbound, 132nd St. and Elgin Way/Dumas Rd.
  • Westbound, 132nd St. and 16th Ave.
  • Eastbound, 132nd St. and 16th Ave.

Concrete will be poured for foundations, platforms, ramps and curbs. 

The work requires one right-hand lane to be closed but will be staggered throughout the week, with crews at each site for 1-2 days.

Bothell-Everett Hwy., Trillium Blvd. to 180th St. (Area 3)

Concrete platforms will be poured one day next week at the northbound station site at Trillium Blvd. This will require one lane to be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the northbound 164th St. station, nighttime crews will continue storm drain work from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. several nights next week.

Finally, the road widening project just south of 164th St. continues next week with nighttime (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.) excavation work early in the week followed by daytime (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) foundation work and concrete pouring.

This project will widen the right lane from 150 feet to 800 feet. When complete, general traffic will be required to turn right from this lane onto Mill Creek Rd., but buses will be allowed to proceed northbound.

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

Swift Green Line Info
Swift Green Line Construction Area Map

Construction Includes Four Areas, Several Stages

The Swift Green Line will run between the Canyon Park Park & Ride in Bothell and the Seaway Transit Center, which is currently under construction near the Boeing Everett plant.

Swift Green Line buses will serve 34 stations at 16 intersections and two terminals every 10 minutes weekdays, and every 20 minutes nights and weekends.

Community Transit is building the stations in stages: underground utility work, concrete platforms, and finally the station structures.

Construction began in Area 1, the northernmost part of the route, and will generally move east and south, resulting in each station being visited several times in 2018.

Swift stations will provide weather protection, seating, adequate lighting, real-time next bus signs, and a rider information kiosk. ORCA smart card readers and ticket vending machines will provide quick and easy ways for riders to pay their fare before boarding a Swift bus.

The Swift Green Line will connect with the Swift Blue Line at Hwy 99 & Airport Rd., establishing Snohomish County’s first high-capacity transit network. The network will eventually include more Swift lines and Link light rail.

The Swift Green Line will begin service in spring 2019.