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

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October 2019 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

Million Mile Drivers

One Million Mile Driver Award recipient Joe Kellen and Two Million Mile Driver Award recipient David Gibson

Community Transit Bus Drivers Reach 1 & 2 Million Mile Status with No Accidents

On Tuesday, two Community Transit bus drivers were awarded the agency’s prestigious Million Mile Award for reaching safe driving milestones without a preventable accident. David Gibson of Marysville was awarded for reaching two million miles of safe driving and Joe Kellen reached a million miles of safe driving. Honoring bus drivers committed to long-term safe driving is among our most important awards. To read more about what it takes to qualify for this distinction visit:

Now hiring!

On-site Job Fair: Oct. 30

We’re still hiring! Community Transit invites you to a job fair being held at its Everett administrative building from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.  Job seekers can explore the many positions available that will support our continued service expansion. In addition to mechanics and bus drivers, we are also looking for administrative and facilities maintenance staff.

At the job fair, people can learn about our agency, our strong benefits package, and get a taste of what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of a bus. Current employees will be on hand to describe a “day in the life” of a driver or mechanic. The on-site job fair will be held in the Community Transit boardroom in the Merrill Creek Base at 7100 Hardeson Road in Everett.

If you are interested in becoming a driver, visit If you are interested in a different position, visit

Community Transit Maintains AAA Bond Rating

Standard & Poor's (S&P) Global Ratings recently determined that Community Transit has maintained the AAA credit rating that it has held since 2017, the highest rating available to public agencies. We are in the midst of our greatest expansion of service, having launched Swift Green Line between Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field earlier this year.

Favorable credit ratings allow Community Transit and similar public agencies the ability to borrow money for public projects at a low rate of interest, which saves the public money.

“Community Transit is one of a select few public agencies in Washington State with a AAA credit rating,” said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath. “The rating is recognition of our commitment to being a good steward of public funds.”

S&P reports that Community Transit will maintain a stable financial outlook because of a very low debt burden and reliable sources of revenue.

Double Talls

Six-Year Plan Calls for $1.5 Billion of Transit Investments

Community Transit plans to hire another 160 employees and invest $1.5 billion in transit service and infrastructure over the next six years. This is according to the agency’s Draft 2019-2024 Transit Development Plan (TDP), which was presented to the Community Transit Board of Directors last week and is available for public comment through Oct. 31. The report can be found online at

The draft plan focuses on expanding and restructuring bus service within Snohomish County. It also includes a build-out of the Swift bus rapid transit network: the Swift Orange Line will connect riders to Sound Transit’s Link light rail in Lynnwood, while an extension of the Swift Blue Line will connect riders to Link light rail in Shoreline.

Big Changes Coming to Mountlake Terrace Transit Center

On Oct. 19, the surface parking lot at Mountlake Terrace Transit Center will permanently close for construction of the new light rail station. Parking will be replaced by an interim park & ride lot at the old Roger’s Market site on the corner of 56th Ave. W and 232nd Street SW.

Bus riders traveling to the University of Washington are encouraged to park at the interim lot to catch Route 810 and 871 buses there, while local and Seattle-bound riders are asked to continue parking in the MLT Transit Center garage.

Keep up on construction impacts at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center by visiting

real-time alerts

Real-time Rider Alerts

Community Transit last week launched a new system of real-time rider alerts to give bus riders more timely information about their bus trips. The alerts are available on the agency’s website, through a new @MyCommTransBus Twitter profile, and by email or text notification.

Real-time alerts are created when a bus is running 10 minutes or more late, or if a trip is canceled or rerouted. The alerts are provided at all hours of service, seven days a week. Learn more at

If you have any questions, please email

    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit