Swift Network News | Volume 2, Issue 57 | Swift Updates for September 14, 2018

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 Vol. 2, Issue 57

Swift Network News has returned to a bi-weekly publication schedule as construction projects are nearing completion. The next issue will be published on Friday, Sept. 28.

Collage Bothell-Everett Hwy workSwift Green Line Station Construction

Top: Crews begin constructing the blue Swift station frame near Mill Creek Town Center. Bottom: Work is well underway at Canyon Park Park & Ride.

Station Construction in Full September Swing

Most Swift Green Line station construction activity is taking place along Bothell-Everett Hwy., from 153rd St. to Canyon Park Park & Ride, designated as Construction Areas 2 and 3 in the article below.

Construction at these eight station pairs include daytime work (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and nighttime work (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.) for excavation, water and sewer line work, and pouring concrete for sidewalks, curbs and platforms.

Canyon Park Park & Ride

Construction of the Swift Green Line station in Canyon Park Park & Ride is now underway and progressing quickly (see photo above).

The station will be located on 17th Ave. SE, on the east side of the park and ride. Please be aware of changes to parking configurations as construction continues. Bus service will not be affected by the construction.

Electrical work on Airport Rd. stations (Area 1)

For the next 2-3 weeks, electrical crews will be working on Swift Green Line stations along Airport Rd., the "Area 1" section of construction on the northernmost part of the route (see map below).

The crews are installing wiring that connect future station amenities -- e.g., ticket vending machines, ORCA card readers, lighting -- to the main power box. This work does not require lane closures.

Weekend lane closures Sept. 21-23

Construction crews plan to install concrete bus pads in traffic lanes at four future Swift Green Line station locations the weekend of Sept. 21-23. One lane at these locations will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, with a second lane closed as needed:

  • SB Bothell-Everett Hwy. at 180th St. SE
  • SB Bothell-Everett Hwy. at 196th St. SE
  • NB Bothell-Everett Hwy. at 220th St. SE
  • Canyon Park Park & Ride
          Weekend bus service will not be affected.

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

Construction Zone sign

Construction of Swift stations occasionally requires closing a sidewalk, creating an inconvenience for pedestrians -- especially when it's raining. 

Pedestrians are advised to avoid work zones when possible, and to exercise awareness and caution at all times. 

  • Be aware of all work zone signs, markers, or other indicators. 
  • Look for designated travel paths to walk through a work zone, or for a flagger to escort you.
  • Watch your step. Work zones often have uneven ground and require your full attention. If you use a mobility device or otherwise have trouble navigating uneven ground, it is better to avoid the work zone altogether.
  • Be aware of vehicles moving within and near the work zone.

We know that closed sidewalks are inconvenient, especially in inclement weather, and appreciate the patience of the communities we serve as we work to bring a network of high-capacity transportation to Snohomish County. 

Community Transit Live
Martin and Roland co-host Community Transit Live

Noon, Sept. 18: Talk about Construction and Upcoming Service and Fare Changes

Community Transit Live co-hosts Martin and Roland will talk about Swift construction and upcoming changes to bus service and fares. It's an extended, 45-minute webcast that begins at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Bring your questions and join us via our Facebook page or at www.communitytransit.org/CTLive.

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

Swift Blue Line News banner
Swift welcome mat refresh

Two Phases of Facelift Progressing Nicely

Swift Blue Line stations are receiving a facelift in two phases: repainting the structures and refreshing the welcome mats.

Repainting project more than halfway complete

The repainting project that began in June is more than halfway complete. Painting crews are now focused on northbound stations and expect to finish by Friday, Oct. 19.

Two stations are painted each week; during this time, the stations are enclosed and fenced to ensure the work is done quickly and in an environmentally safe manner. Riders board their Swift bus at a nearby temporary stop and pay their fare when they deboard.

Reopening on Sept. 14

  • NB Hwy. 99 at 216th St. SW
  • NB Hwy. 99 at 176th St. SW

Closed Sept. 17-21

  • NB Hwy. 99 at 200th St. SW
  • NB Hwy. 99 at 148th St. SW

Welcome mat project works around wet weather

The nine-year-old Blue Line stations are also getting their welcome mats refreshed. The black welcome mats show riders with bicycles or mobility devices where to board the Swift bus (see photo above).

Four stations can be completed in one day, but the work requires dry weather all day. 

When the weather allows, the work is done between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. while riders board Swift at a clearly marked temporary location nearby. Ticket vending machines and ORCA card readers remain available at all times.

If weather allows, the welcome mat refresh project will be completed by Friday, Sept. 21. 

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

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.