The Route Ahead | July 2019 | Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

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July 2019 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath


ORCA LIFT fare launched, Monday, July 1

ORCA LIFT (Low-Income Fare Ticket) Launched Monday, July 1

On July 1, Community Transit and Everett Transit began offering a low-income bus fare to eligible Snohomish County residents. This lower fare option provides increased community access to our services and is a critical step forward in ensuring all people in Snohomish County have the ability to use transit to get to work, school, appointments or other destinations.

Eligible residents include people with a monthly household income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (as established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

Community Transit and Everett Transit partnered with Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to enroll and distribute ORCA LIFT cards at four DSHS Community Service Offices in the county: Alderwood, Everett, Skykomish Valley and Smokey Point

Community Transit joined other regional agencies in the ORCA LIFT program including King County Metro and Sound Transit. The ORCA LIFT fare card is valid for reduced fare on Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit (bus, Foot Ferry and Fast Ferry), King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit (Link, ST Express and Sounder), Seattle Streetcar, and King County Water Taxi.

We are proud to be joining the successful ORCA LIFT partnership. For more information on locations, eligibility documentation or how to use an ORCA card, visit

40th Washington Vanniversary

It's a VANniversary!

Vanpool programs began operating in Washington State 40 years ago and at that time they were the first in the country. To celebrate this milestone, Governor Inslee declared July Vanpool Month. Community Transit's first van hit the road in 1986, a small fleet made up of Boeing employees. By 1992, we had 45 vans on the road.

Today, Community Transit has 400 vanpool groups, serving more than 2,800 customers. 

Community Transit ranks second in the state and 11th in the nation for vanpool program size.

We plan to continue to expand the vanpool program to meet demand and we're always open to feedback to make improvements and meet expectations.

We appreciate our vehicle maintenance team (made up of mechanics and vehicle service attendants), who maintain more than 450 vanpool vehicles, and our vanpool program staff who provide personalized support to customers.

A special thanks to our vanpool customers; due to their commitment to the vanpool program, there are about 2,400 fewer vehicles on the road every day. 

Visit: to learn more about our vanpool program.

Community Transit Superhero, Oxy Gene

Summer Events: Next up,

Bothell Freedom Festival

Community Transit will participate in a number of events around Snohomish County this summer to spread the word about our new Swift Green Line service and plans for future service expansion, as well as to answer questions about trip planning and much more. The next event on our list is the Bothell Freedom Festival.

Bothell Freedom Festival, July 4
Our superhero, Oxy Gene, and a Swift bus will be featured in the Freedom Festival Grand parade starting at Main Street and 104th Avenue NE in Bothell. The parade starts at 12 p.m. and travels down Main Street to Bothell Way NE. Accessible by transit on Community Transit Route 105.

Mill Creek Festival, July 13-14
Come see a Swift bus up close and ask questions about the new Swift Green Line service. There will also be an opportunity for community members to learn more about future plans for service expansion during the Mill Creek Festival. Community Transit will be at the south end of Mill Creek Town Center (by Mill Creek City Hall) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Accessible by transit on Swift Green Line or Community Transit Route 105 both days and Route 115 on Saturday.

Visit to see all of our scheduled events. Our team truly enjoys participating in these events, meeting community members, and providing information on our services in Snohomish County. We hope to see you there!

Join us for our Saturday, July 20 Job fair

Community Transit On-Site Job Fair, July 20

Our next on-site job fair is Saturday, July 20. This family friendly event is a great opportunity for job seekers that need the flexibility of a weekend event to learn more about employment in public transportation. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit a resume, ask questions about the hiring process and chat with bus drivers and mechanics. 

In the spring, Community Transit hosted a successful on-site job fair, with 120 job seekers in attendance. As we add more service in Snohomish County, we will continue to grow our workforce which will result in plenty of job opportunities.

To learn more about our job opportunities, visit:

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Transit boardroom at 7100 Hardeson Road in Everett. 

If you have any questions, please email

    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit