Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath announces retirement

After more than 40 years of public service, including 15 years at Community Transit, CEO Emmett Heath announced Thursday that he will retire later this year in order to spend more time with his family, including his three young grandchildren. Heath has served as CEO for Community Transit for six years and, before being selected…

Community Transit honors Lynnwood commuters, worksite with Commute Options Awards

Two employees at Lynnwood organizations — the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District and Partner Therapeutics — and Lynnwood-based Crane Aerospace & Electronics were among those honored by Community Transit during its first-ever virtual Commute Options Awards event. Lyndsi Stickles was named the agency’s 2019 Smart Commuter of the Year. Stickles commutes from Whidbey Island to her job…

Larsen champions changes in federal legislation that would invest $1.5 trillion in transportation

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive, long-term package that invests more than $1.5 trillion in America’s transportation and infrastructure over the next five years. Rep. Rick Larsen, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, championed several provisions in the final bill to rebuild and revitalize…

Community Transit RideStore reopens as fares resume and bus service increases

In preparation for increased bus trips and resumption of fare collection, Community Transit on Monday reopened its RideStore customer service center at Lynnwood Transit Center. The agency will add about 200 bus trips on July 6 to meet an expected increase in ridership demand. The agency is also resuming fare collection on July 1. The…

Sponsor spotlight: Community Transit Partners with Riders on Safety Measures 

As some workers in our communities have been working from home in recent months, a vital segment of our population has stayed in motion. Essential workers have been on the move, and for many, public transit is how they get where they need to be.  Community Transit provides bus, vanpool and paratransit services in Snohomish…

Community Transit says it will resume fares starting July 1

Community Transit will resume collecting fares on all its bus routes and DART paratransit service starting Wednesday, July 1. The transit agency temporarily suspended fare collection in March to assist with physical distancing between drivers and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Riders have been boarding and exiting through the middle and rear doors of the…

Use Highway 99 through Seattle? Tunnel maintenance closure, northbound Aurora Bridge lane reductions overnight Thursday, June 18

People who use Highway 99 through Seattle should plan to use an alternate route Thursday night and early Friday morning.  The highway tunnel closure will allow time for regular maintenance including tests of the roadway fire suppression system along with inspections of traffic cameras and fire extinguishers. This ensures the tunnel is running smoothly and warranties are…

Travel alert: I-5 express lanes to close early until further notice

The Washington State Department of Transportation said Monday that the Interstate 5 express lanes through Seattle will be fully closed early, at 8 p.m. nightly, including weekends, and will reopen as usual the following mornings. This closure will remain in place until further notice, WSDOT said. Express lane hours of operation are as follows: Monday-Friday…

Fare collection restarts on Swift Bus Rapid Transit June 1

Community Transit will begin collecting fares for Swift Blue and Swift Green bus rapid transit lines Monday, June 1. Unlike other Community Transit bus routes, Swift riders pay fares at Swift stations, not at the front of the bus. Service ambassadors will be available at Swift stations beginning June 1 to answer questions and assist…

Expect I-5 overnight lane closures May 29-June 1 due to Sound Transit light rail work

Starting as soon as Friday, May 29, Sound Transit’s contractor working on the Lynnwood Link light rail extension will be implementing two nighttime traffic shifts on Interstate 5 between 228th Street Southwest and 236th Place Southwest. This work is necessary to complete utility work on both I-5 northbound and southbound and some striping and barrier…

Community Transit buses to run on a Sunday schedule for Memorial Day May 25

Community Transit services will operate on a Sunday bus schedule on Monday, May 25, Memorial Day. Additional transit services scheduled for Memorial Day Monday include: Local bus service, including Swift: Sunday schedule. DART paratransit service: Sunday schedule. Commuter service to downtown Seattle and University District: No service. Sound Transit Route 512: Sunday schedule. Customer service phone lines: Closed. RideStore at Lynnwood…

Community Transit seeks input on transit use in response to COVID-19

During the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order Community Transit’s bus ridership has decreased approximately 70%. The agency has launched a survey to learn more about how riders and others view transit since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and their priorities for the future. The survey is open to all Community Transit customers and…

New cameras show Lynnwood light rail construction time-lapse images

As Sound Transit continues construction on the Lynnwood Link light rail extension, Lynnwood residents can now view the progress from the comfort of their own homes. As reported in NextMLT, webcams were recently installed at the Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood City Center Station construction sites. In Lynnwood, time lapses can be viewed here. Images can be…