A big service change is headed to Snohomish County bus service in March. Community Transit will add a total of 7,600 new service hours translating to 40 new daily trips to boost weekday frequencies on midday service and increase the span of service deeper in the evenings on weekday and Saturdays. With the service change, Community Transit is poised to improve connections and balance frequencies. The changes will go in effect on March 12th.
The service changes are as follows:
- Swift: In each direction, three new late-night trips will be added for weekdays to extend service to until 11pm and provide 20-minute frequencies.
- Route 101: In each direction, two new late-night trips will be added for weekdays to extend service until just after 11pm and provide 30-minute frequencies.
- Route 109: In the northbound direction, the bus schedule be adjusted for many weekday trips and select early morning trips on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Route 113: One new late-night trip will be added on weekdays in the northbound direction, which will depart Lynwood Transit Center at 11.04pm.
- Route 115: Extra late-night service will be added in the westbound direction on weekdays with a new trip departing at 10.22pm while Saturday schedules will be adjusted.
- Route 116: Saturday schedules will be adjusted.
- Route 119: In each direction, five new midday weekday trips will be added to provide 30-minute frequency between 6am and 7pm.
- Route 120: In each direction, seven new midday weekday trips will be added to provide 30-minute frequency between 6am and 6pm.
- Route 201: In the southbound direction, one new late-night trip will be added on weekdays with the trip departing at 9.57pm from the Smokey Point Transit Center. In the northbound direction, one new late-night trip will be added on Saturdays with the trip departing the Lynnwood Transit Center at 9.53pm.
- Route 202: In the northhbound direction, one new late-night trip will be added on weekdays with the trip departing at 10.15pm from the LynnwoodTransit Center. In the southbound direction, one new late-night trip will be added on Saturdays with the trip departing the Smokey Point Transit Center at 9.44pm.
- Route 222: One new early-morning trip will be on weekdays in eastbound direction, which will depart Silver Village at 5.30am; a separate minor schedule change will be made. On Saturdays, one new late-night trip will be added in both directions to extend service by one hour.
- Route 402: One new morning trip will be added at 7.02am and the current morning trip times will be adjusted.
- Route 810: One new evening trip will be added at 6pm and the current 6.15pm trip will be revised to depart at 6.20pm.
In September, Community Transit will add even more service by introducing new trips, particularly on commuters routes that operate to and from Seattle. According to the agency’s Transit Development Plan (TDP), additional service will also go toward weekends and extended span of service on weekdays on local routes; restructuring of routes is also a possibility. The TDP indicates approximately 21,000 service hours will be added by the fall service change. In 2018, attention will turn to investments in the Swift Bus Rapid Transit system with increased headways on the Blue Line and introduction of Green Line that fall.
Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.