Community Transit celebrates 40 years in service this week

Oxygene from Community Transit with friends.

Forty years after Community Transit began operating, the service will be hosting several events this week to thank its riders and employees.

When Community Transit began service on Oct. 4, 1976, there were no defined bus routes. Drivers were told to head out to shopping centers and other gathering areas and look for people who needed a ride.

Public transportation in Snohomish County has evolved greatly since that day, and Community Transit will honor its riders with a Customer Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Oct. 4 – the agency’s 40th anniversary.

Community Transit will thank its workers with an Employee Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

“There is so much to celebrate in our agency’s history, it will be great to thank our customers, employees and policymakers for a great 40-year ride,” said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath. “The best news is that we’re expanding now to meet demands for the next 40 years!”

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Community Transit staff will greet early morning commuters at 20 different locations throughout Snohomish County. Staff will hand out a special treat to thank riders.

Community Transit executives and managers will thank employees throughout the work day on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Shifts at the agency start at 4 a.m. and run through 1 a.m.

“We have the hardest working employees in the business,” Heath said. “From our drivers and mechanics to our supervisors, planners and payroll staff, they are the key to the great service we bring our customers every day.”



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