Community Transit has worked with cities and Snohomish County to create a vision for transportation services for the next 20 years.
The Long Range Transit Plan will help guide planners as they respond to initiatives such as the extension of Sound Transit’s Link light rail to Lynnwood.
Some of the highlights include:
- A network of Transit Emphasis Corridors where high-frequency transit, likely in the form of Swift bus rapid transit routes, provides fast, frequent service.
- A net increase of 500,000 hours of new transit service (doubling the existing system).
- An increase in bus layover and other capital transit facilities to match increased service.
“A long range plan that has been coordinated with county planners and each of the cities in our service area not only presents a unified transportation vision to our residents, but also helps us seek the funding to get us there,” said Community Transit CEO Joyce Eleanor.
The agency is currently grappling with a financial crisis that resulted in a 15 percent service cut last year. The volatility of sales tax funding has prompted state legislators to consider several measures that could offer temporary funding for Community Transit.