The Route Ahead | New Stops in south Snohomish, Taking the Bus to Evergreen State Fair, Public Comment Underway for Agency's 6-Year Plan Addendum and More!

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August 2018 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

Rte 109 approaches one of four new stops on Cathcart Way

A Route 109 bus approaches a new stop located on Cathcart Way in south Snohomish-- one of four stops that opened in the area this week.


New Bus Stops Connect Two Snohomish High Schools 

Last week, new bus stops opened on Cathcart Way and Puget Park Drive in south Snohomish, a short walk from Glacier Peak High School and Willis Tucker Park.

The bus stops are served by Community Transit Route 109, which operates between the Ash Way Park & Ride in north Lynnwood and the Lake Stevens Transit Center. The route goes right through the heart of downtown Snohomish, including a stop at Snohomish High School on Avenue D.

Now, Snohomish students and families will have a public transit connection for sports practices, band concerts and other events at the district’s two high schools.

A second pair of bus stops also opened about a mile west on Cathcart Way and Snohomish-Cascade Drive.

The new stops have been anticipated since Route 109 started service in 2016. Because of the 45 mph speed limit and numerous curves on the road, Snohomish County wanted to create bus pullouts for buses to be safely stopped off the road when vehicles came around the turns. That took extra time and planning.

“This is a great example of two agencies collaborating for improved customer service,” said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath


Evergreen State Fair Fun

Take the Bus to the Evergreen State Fair

Whether you ride the Ferris wheel, work the Ferris wheel, or don’t go near the Ferris wheel because you always eat too many scones, Community Transit is the easiest way to get to the Evergreen State Fair. 

The Fair runs August 23 through September 3 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Community Transit has direct bus service to the Fair from Everett in the west and Gold Bar in the east. During Fair hours, buses will take you straight to the West Gate entrance. 

Learn more about how to take transit to the fair at http://bit.ly/ESFair18.


Line up of Swift Buses

Public Comment Sought on New Six-Year Plan Addendum

Every year, Community Transit updates its six-year plan to forecast the financial outlook and operational needs of the near-term future.

This year, the agency is publishing a barebones data and project status update that continues the work outlined in the last six-year plan, most notably a 36 percent service expansion through 2022.

In 2024, a year beyond the scope of this year’s planning update, Community Transit will restructure its service network to serve Sound Transit’s Link light rail, which will open service between Northgate and Lynnwood that year.

Following this year’s minimal update, Community Transit will focus attention on a more robust six-year plan next year outlining how the agency will get to that 2024 restructure. 

The public is invited to comment on this year’s Draft 2018 Addendum to 2017-2022 Transit Development Plan through Aug. 31. A public hearing will take place on Sept. 6. The document is available at www.communitytransit.org/TDP.


Coach Operator Grads August 3 2018

Agency Continues Hiring Spree

To support Community Transit’s expansion plans, more bus drivers, mechanics and other staff are needed. Right now.

The agency held a job fair at Everett Community College on July 12, attracting more than 80 job seekers. Most were interested in learning what it takes to become a bus driver. Community Transit has a 10-week training class for new drivers during which people are paid and given benefits. No CDL is needed to apply.

Community Transit needs 60 new drivers by early 2019 to support current expansion and the launch of the Swift Green Line between Bothell and Boeing.

The latest class of Community Transit bus drivers graduated today, and will be on the road starting next week!

Photo: Look for Robert, Kenneth and Brynna, (pictured with CEO Emmett Heath, far left) on your local bus starting next week.


June and Martin hosting Community Transit LIVE

August 15 Broadcast of Community Transit Live Welcomes Special Guest

Join us on Facebook Live Wednesday, August 15 at 12 p.m. for Community Transit LIVE.

June DeVoll and Martin Munguia return to share the latest updates for the Swift Green Line and Swift Blue Line. Ask your questions during the broadcast and we'll answer them live! 

June and Martin will be joined by special guest, Paolo Stracqualursi, a coach operator who has driven Community Transit buses for 14 years. If you're curious to hear about what it's like to #Drive4Us, now's your chance! 

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


If you have any questions, please email TheRouteAhead@commtrans.org.

CEO Signature

    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit