A Community Transit bus is headed toward Lynnwood. (Credit: Stephen Fesler)

Community Transit and Everett Transit are proposing service changes that would go into effect in March. Bus riders can expect very different experiences from the agencies with Everett Transit adding service and adjusting the bus network while Community Transit reduces service on select routes.

Community Transit’s service change proposal

The service reductions are a bitter pill for Community Transit riders, but they are the result of dwindling bus operator numbers — a widespread crisis affecting transit agencies across the country. Service reductions will improve reliability, however, with riders having fewer last-minute canceled trips. Community Transit has not provided very detailed information about service reductions, but they are hoped to be interim suspensions of select trips until bus operator numbers recover.

Community Transit’s weekday service reductions shake out as follows:

RouteChanges
101Suspension of seven daily trips out of 73 existing today.
105Suspension of four daily trips out of 40 existing today.
115Suspension of 12 daily trips out of 60 existing today.
116Suspension of 13 daily trips out of 62 existing today.
119Suspension of one daily trip out of 33 existing today.
196Suspension of 17 daily trips out of 50 existing today.
201Suspension of 11 daily trips out of 62 existing today.
202Suspension of 11 daily trips out of 61 existing today.
270The segment between Seaway Transit Center and Everett Station will be suspended, requiring transfers for that portion.
271The segment between Seaway Transit Center and Everett Station will be suspended, requiring transfers for that portion. This applies to weekend service, too.
280The segment between Seaway Transit Center and Everett Station will be suspended, requiring transfers for that portion. This applies to weekend service, too.
412Suspension of 2 daily trips out of 12 existing today.

Riders can provide feedback to Community Transit on the service change proposal through December 1st.

Everett Transit’s service change proposal

Everett Transit is proposing adjustments to the bus network for March 2023. Compare to the existing network map. (Credit: City of Everett)

Everett Transit’s service change proposal is much more complex given that there will be network routing changes. With the exception of new Route 19 in North Everett, most of the network routings are focused on South Everett. Routes 2, 3, 8, and 18 will be moved around to provide more coverage and connections to destinations, but it won’t untangle the serious mess of these milk-run routes which may be better served by on-demand microtransit service and regular fixed-route service redeployed in a more rider-friendly manner.

So let’s tick through the proposed changes:

RouteChanges
2This route would be extended with a loop near Paine Field Airport. Expanded service hours would be added to the route with trips every 45 to 60 minutes on weekdays and every 60 minutes on Saturdays.
3This route would be altered with a loop north of Seaway Transit Center and overlap with portions of Route 8 and 12 on Casino Road and Route 7 on Evergreen Way. Expanded service hours would be added to the route with trips every 45 to 60 minutes on weekdays and every 60 minutes on weekends.
8This route would be altered in the Paine Field area by providing more direct service to the airport and eliminating service to Seaway Transit Center, dropping a lot of existing segments in the area. The route would have trips every 60 minutes on weekdays and weekends.
18This route would be adjusted to service Seaway Transit Center on its way to Downtown Everett and Everett Station. This is because of bridge closure on Mukilteo Boulevard. The route would continue to service the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal.
19This route would be a new service running College Station in North Everett to Everett Station via Colby Avenue and Downtown Everett. Service would operate seven days a week with 30- to 60-minute frequencies on weekday and every 60 minutes on weekends.
  • Routes 4, 6, 7, 12, and 29 are proposed for minimal changes, though there could be some extra morning and evening service on some routes and earlier 15-minute frequency on Route 7.

Everett Transit is accepting feedback on the proposal through December 5th.

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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.