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Community Transit expands service

 

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Community Transit's new Route 209 runs from the Lake Stevens Transit Center and ends between the Tulalip Resort Casino and Seattle Premium Outlet mall, while Route 109 will run from the Lake Stevens Transit Center to the Ash Way Park and Ride.

Community Transit will launch on Sept. 11 its first significant transit expansion since Snohomish Country voters approved Proposition 1 last fall.

The service expansion will add new bus routes along Highway 9, route revisions in Marysville and Mukilteo, and more bus trips throughout the county and into Seattle.

The service expansion increases Community Transit service by 14 percent over 2015 levels. The agency's recently-approved six-year plan calls for a total 40 percent service increase through 2021, funded largely by the voter-approved ballot measure.

Proposition 1 increased sales tax in the Community Transit service area, which is most of Snohomish County excluding Everett, by 0.3 percent, or 3 cents on a $10 purchase.

"Our promise to Snohomish County residents was to put their investment to use as quickly as possible, and we're living up to our promise," said Emmett Heath , Community Transit CEO, of the September service expansion.

New routes

Two new bus routes will provide east-west transit connections and establish north-south bus service along Highway 9 east of Everett. The two routes will meet at the Lake Stevens Transit Center.

Route 109 (Ash Way-Lake Stevens) will travel north from the Ash Way Park & Ride to the Lake Stevens Transit Center, serving the Snohomish Station retail center along the way.

Route 209 (Lake Stevens-Quil Ceda Village) will travel north on Highway 9 from the Lake Stevens Transit Center, west on 64th Street by the new Marysville Walmart, west across I-5, then north on 27th Avenue to Quil Ceda Village, ending between the Tulalip Resort Casino and Seattle Premium Outlet mall.

Both Routes 109 & 209 will provide bidirectional 30-minute service during the weekday morning and afternoon peaks, and hourly service the rest of the day and on weekends.

Route revisions

Route 222, which runs between Marysville and the Tulalip Reservation, will have some revisions in Marysville. The route will retain its current routing in Quil Ceda Village and on the Tulalip Reservation.

Going east from Quil Ceda Village, the route will travel on 88th Street and turn south on 83rd Avenue by Marysville Getchell High School. The route will turn west on 64th Street, then north on 67th Avenue and west on Grove Street, passing the Marysville Library. The route will continue west to State Avenue.

A revised Route 417 (Mukilteo-Seattle) will no longer stop at the Lynnwood Transit Center.

DART paratransit expansion

Because this expansion includes service to new areas, as well as expanded hours of bus operations, DART paratransit service will be expanded. DART is available to eligible residents within ¾-miles of a local, non-commuter fixed route during the same hours the bus operates.

Details of the service expansion plan are available at http://www.communitytransit.org/NewService.

 In addition, a Guide to Service Expansion is now available on board buses, and the new Bus Plus schedule book will be on buses soon. New schedules for the service expansion are online at http://www.communitytransit.org/NewSchedules.

 

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