Morning buses are typically full, so this extra trip will help meet demand, according to Community Transit.
During the recession, Community Transit cut 37 percent of its bus service, partly by restructuring its route network. As a result, productivity went up as riders continued using the streamlined service, but some routes suffered from late trips and missed connections.
This fall, Community Transit is adding service hours to fix many of those performance problems, primarily on commuter trips to the University of Washington and downtown Seattle. The agency is also adding back some service where cuts had damaged ridership on those routes.
The new service hours are being paid for by a mix of federal grants and local sales tax revenue.
“We are so excited to be putting service back, even at such a modest level,” said Community Transit CEO Joyce Eleanor. “Our first priority is to keep the promises we have made to customers with our scheduled trips. My hope is that the economy will continue to get better so we can add even more service in the near future.”
Beginning Monday, Sept. 30, Community Transit bus schedules will be adjusted to improve on-time performance and connections. Riders should check their trip times as many will have changed slightly.
In addition to the above changes to Community Transit service, there will be major changes to Sound Transit Express bus service between Snohomish County and Seattle that start on Sunday, Sept. 29. Check out the Sound Transit webpage for more details.
New bus schedules are available online. Also, new Bus Plus schedule books are being distributed on buses this week. As a cost-saving measure, Community Transit is asking riders to take only one book or to use online schedules, if possible. Reduced orders of the printed schedule book have saved the agency more than $100,000 a year.
Riders can use Community Transit’s Trip Planner now to plan a trip for any day after Sept. 30.