The Route Ahead | December 2018

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December 2018 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

Transit Police conduct training at Community Transit's Merrill Creek Swift Station

Transit police conduct regular training at this demo Swift station located at the Merrill Creek base in Everett. The recently approved 2019 budget will increase the transit police program.

2019 budget continues expansion

The Community Transit Board of Directors yesterday approved a $161 million operating budget for 2019 that continues the agency’s service expansion for a seventh consecutive year.

In March 2019, the agency will launch its second bus rapid transit route, the Swift Green Line, creating a network of 10-minute bus service throughout south Snohomish County. In addition to new service, Community Transit will hire more employees, purchase more buses, and increase its transit police program.

The 2019 Budget projects a 7.9 percent increase in sales tax revenue over 2018, supporting a $33.5 million capital program for new projects, including a base expansion.

Read more about the 2019 Budget online.

Swift Green Line Station at Paine Field

Swift Green Line to start service March 24

The Swift Green Line will start service between Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

There will be a public celebration that day to commemorate the launch of Snohomish County’s second bus rapid transit line. Check the agency’s website, and Facebook page for details closer to the date.

Construction on Swift Green Line stations and the new Seaway Transit Center is wrapping up. A bus test is expected to take place in early January to test onboard technology and make sure the stations and buses are “talking” to each other.

Join the final Community Transit Live! webcast at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 18 to learn more about Swift Green Line plans, and take a live look at our maintenance shop.

Double Tall Bus Dress Up for the Holidays

December holiday bus service

Because the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays take place on Tuesdays, there will be four days of impacted bus service in the coming weeks.

Community Transit will operate limited bus service on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. The transit agency will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

In addition, Customer Care phone lines and the RideStore at Lynnwood Transit Center will be closed on the holidays, and open limited hours those Mondays.

If you have any questions, please email

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    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit