Swift Network News | Volume 2, Issue 49 | Swift Updates for July 13, 2018

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 Vol. 2, Issue 49

WB 128th right-turn lane

The new lane extends from 3rd Ave. SE to the northbound I-5 on-ramp.

New Lane Opens on Westbound 128th St.

A new right-turn/transit lane has opened at the I-5 overpass heading westbound on 128th Street SW, a well-known congestion point.

The road-widening project is part of Community Transit's Swift Green Line bus rapid transit project that began construction last summer.

Previously, westbound 128th St. had two lanes: one for through traffic across the overpass and another for both through traffic and vehicles turning right onto the northbound I-5 on-ramp. 

Now there are three lanes: two for through traffic and a new one that allows buses to get onto the overpass while other vehicles can make a right-turn directly onto the on-ramp.

The new lane, which begins at 3rd Ave. SE, is open and available to all traffic. The bus-only feature will open in mid-August after WSDOT has completed a repaving project in the area.

At the traffic signal, buses in the new lane will get a special "queue jump" green light several seconds before other vehicles, allowing the bus to move ahead. A similar bus-only lane opened on the other side of the I-5 overpass in January.

The opening of the new lane indicates the near-completion of the 128th St.
road-widening project for Community Transit's Swift Green Line. Crews will be on 128th St. over the next several weeks to install fencing, landscaping and traffic signs, but no lane closures are anticipated.

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

Community Transit Live
June and Martin during the June 26 Community Transit LIVE broadcast

Next Webcast: Monday, July 16 at Noon

Don't miss the next Community Transit Live on Monday, July 16 at noon! Rumor has it that a very special guest will talk about what it's REALLY like to drive a bus.

Join us on Monday on our Community Transit Facebook page. Bring your lunch and your questions about Swift construction, bus rapid transit, or anything else related to our service.

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

Swift Blue Line News banner
Swift training station during and after painting

First Phase of Repainting Nearly Complete

The Swift Blue Line stations on Evergreen Way at Pecks Dr. and 4th Ave. W are closed for repainting through July 18. These are the last two stations of the first phase of the repainting project.

Crews will not immediately close two more stations for painting; instead, they will take time to prepare the next ten stations for painting by pressure washing them during non-service hours.

The second phase of the repainting project will begin on Monday, July 30, with the closure of two stations on Hwy. 99: at Airport Rd. and at 148th St. SW.

Why are stations being painted?

The Swift Blue Line stations have been in service since 2009, and they are ready for a new coat of paint! The new paint is specially formulated to last 15 years.

How do I ride Swift when my station is closed?

Stations will close for about a week to be repainted. If your station is closed, there will be signs directing you to a nearby Everett Transit bus stop. Simply board Swift there, and pay your fare when you de-board.

More information about the painting project can be found at www.communitytransit.org/SwiftPaint

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

Seaway Transit Center
Seaway Light Fixtures

Light Fixtures Line Transit Center Perimeter

Light fixtures have been installed along the perimeter of the future Seaway Transit Center. Although they won't have power for several weeks yet, they are the latest visible indication that the transit center is nearing completion.

75th Street: Intermittent Lane Closures

During the week of July 16-20, intermittent lane closures are expected on 75th St. to allow crews to remove the temporary traffic poles from the intersection with PUD and the transit center.

Lane closures will occur as needed, and may include one lane in each direction.

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

Swift Green Line Station Construction

Station Construction and Outreach Festivities in Mill Creek 

Look for us at the Mill Creek Festival this weekend! Community Transit planners and outreach staff will be on hand to talk about Swift Green Line and how to use it. Please stop by to say hello and learn about bus rapid transit in south Snohomish County.

Station construction for the week of July 16-20 is scheduled as follows.

Bothell-Everett Hwy., 196th St to Canyon Park Park & Ride (Area 4)

The southbound station at 196th St. is the only one scheduled for work next week. Crews will focus first on installing a drainage system, then on electrical systems for the future station.

  • Southbound, Bothell-Everett Hwy. and 208th St.
    Sunday-Friday night (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
    Drainage and electrical. One southbound lane closed as needed.

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

In Area 3, there are two stations on the construction schedule for next week:

  • Northbound, Bothell-Everett Hwy. and 164th St.
    Monday-Friday day (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
    Retaining wall. One northbound lane closed as needed.
  • Southbound, Bothell-Everett Hwy. and 164th St.
    Tuesday-Thursday night (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.)
    Sewer. One southbound lane closed as needed.

128th/132nd St. (Area 2) and Airport Rd. (Area 1)

Three stations in Areas 1 and 2 are scheduled to have the structure canopy installed next week. No lane closures are required for this work.

  • Eastbound, 128th St. and 4th Ave.
  • Westbound, 128th St. and 4th Ave.
  • Northbound, Airport Rd. and Gibson Rd.

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

Swift Network News provides the most up-to-date construction information available at the time of publication, but schedules are subject to change at any time.

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.