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…

Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service further on Link and some ST Express routes

Because of fluctuating staffing availability to operate service, Sound Transit will introduce additional service reductions on Link light rail starting on Monday, April 20 and on certain ST Express routes operated by King County Metro starting Saturday, April 18. The further service reductions also reflect an 87 percent system-wide reduction in ridership, with Link and…

Community Transit, Sound Transit propose bus-to-light rail plan for Northgate

Community Transit and Sound Transit are exploring bus service changes to connect riders with service to the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and other regional destinations when light rail reaches Northgate in 2021. Link light rail trains will depart Northgate every six minutes during peak hours. Travel time on Link from Northgate to the U…

Due to low ridership, Community Transit to further reduce service starting April 13

Community Transit will further reduce bus trips on Monday, April 13 to align with low ridership levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency’s new reduced service schedule will represent a total reduction of approximately 30% over regular bus service levels. “Transit remains essential for many in our community who are working critical front line jobs,”…

Alderwood Mall Blvd. to be closed near 33rd Ave W from April 13 to mid-May

Alderwood Mall Blvd will be closed from 33rd Avenue West to the west of 29th Avenue West starting April 13 through roughly May 11 as part of the Lynnwood’s Sewer and Lift Stations 4 & 8 Improvements project. The Lift Station 4 part of the project is on Alderwood Mall Parkway, northeast of Alderwood Mall….

Sound Transit shuts down nearly all construction systemwide due to COVID-19 safety concerns

Due to COVID-19 risks, Sound Transit said Monday it is directing contractors to suspend almost all construction on its region-wide transit expansion projects — including the Lynnwood Link light rail extension — starting immediately through May 4. The very limited work that does continue will focus on tasks considered critical and/or necessary to ensure that…

Community Transit, Sound Transit announce service reductions, other changes beginning March 30

As community members are encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, transit ridership has seen a decrease in ridership prompting  service reductions beginning Monday, March 30. Community Transit announced Thursday a plan to reduce most bus services by approximately 25%. This COVID-19 related reduction in service will go into effect March 30, and continue…

City: 172nd St SW to close March 30 to June for 36th Ave W improvements

The City of Lynnwood announced Wednesday that starting March 30, 172nd Street Southwest from 36th Avenue West to 34th Place West will be closed to complete work on the 36th Avenue West Project. The closures are expected to be in effect until June. According to city staff, local access will be maintained for residents on…

Five Community Transit employees tested presumptively positive for COVID-19

Community Transit announced Wednesday that five more employees have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath said all employees are following guidance to stay home at the onset of symptoms. Last week, Community Transit announced four drivers had tested positive for the virus and have since…

Washington State Ferries to remain on winter schedule due to ridership declines

Washington State Ferries will extend its current winter sailing schedule through the end of next month due to declines in ridership from COVID-19. The spring sailing schedule will now tentatively begin on April 26 rather than March 29. Customers should continue following the winter schedule. All vehicle reservations made for dates between March 29 and…

Transportation update: Sound Transit offers free fares, Community Transit reduces services

In response to the ever-changing COVID-19 outbreak, transit agencies have been updating procedures in recent days to ensure rider safety. Sound Transit announced Friday that it will suspend fare requirements on buses and trains starting Saturday, March 21, until further notice to help protect transit employees and riders through social distancing. Sound Transit also said…

Transit, ferries taking extra cleaning precautions amid COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, public transit agencies are taking extra measures to ensure buses, trains and ferries are safe for commuters. With thousands of daily riders, transit agencies like Community Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries have upped their cleaning practices and are encouraging riders to practice social distancing during their…

Community Transit proposes more trips, new routing for fall 2020, spring 2021

Community Transit proposes to add more trips to existing bus service, and add new routing that expands coverage into neighborhoods not currently served. These changes would take effect this fall and in spring 2021. Public comment is invited through April 3. With these changes, the agency aims to increase weekday and weekend trips, the frequency…

Nighttime lane closures of southbound I-5 planned near Mountlake Terrace for light rail work

To establish safe work zones for construction crews while they drill support shafts for Lynnwood Link light rail’s future guideway. Sound Transit’s contractor will be implementing nighttime traffic controls on southbound Interstate 5 overnight on weekends starting Saturday, March 7. These include the closure of Interstate 5 southbound lanes between 220th and 236th streets southwest…

Lynnwood residents invited to take transportation survey through March 27

The City of Lynnwood is inviting community members to share their thoughts about walking, bicycling and rolling in the city’s Community Survey by March 27. The survey will ask about: Transportation preferences Ideas for improving walking and bicycling The survey takes about 15 minutes and can be found bit.ly/LynnwoodAATP (If the link doesn’t work for you,…