Night to Remember features classical/jazz artist Enrique Henao

Project Home Association presents the fourth annual “A Night to Remember” benefit featuring international recording artist Enrique Henao at 7:30 p.m., April 5 in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College. Henao is a master of classical and jazz music and is known for his soulful interpretations of flamenco and his rhythmically intense renditions…

Adjustments being made to new Lynnwood bus route

Changes are coming to one of the new bus routes in Lynnwood. Community Transit created route 196 when it made its service change in February. It offers all-day half-hour service between the Alderwood Mall area and Edmonds waterfront. It averages about 500 riders a day. Since its implementation, the agency says route 196 has been…

Community Transit service cuts now in effect

Major cuts to Community Transit bus service went into effect Monday. Several routes have been eliminated and others serve different locations. Peak hour schedules (5:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.) will be mostly stay the same, but off-peak schedules will have fewer trips, particularly outside urban areas. On Saturdays, buses will run less frequently. The latest…

Community Transit CEO says proposed federal bill would further hurt local bus service

By Teresa Wippel, My Edmonds News A proposed federal transportation bill aimed at ending long-standing dedicated funding for the nation’s transit agencies would deliver yet another financial blow to transit service throughout the region  and could delay the extension of light rail service serving Edmonds, according to Puget Sound transit leaders. King County Metro Transit,…

Lynnwood non-profit given van to help the disabled

A Lynnwood non-profit is one of ten groups that has a new set of wheels, thanks to Community Transit’s Van GO grant program. The program provides retired vanpool vehicles – which have reached the end of their useful life for Community Transit – to organizations  who then use them to meet a variety of community…

No new Community Transit service likely for at least six years

If you were hoping Community Transit would restore some of the service it cut in the last several months, you might be waiting awhile. The agency’s new six-year Transit Development Plan (TDP) predicts no new service will be added between 2012 and 2017. A new 20 percent service cut will take place in February 2012….

Decision on Community Transit service cuts expected this week

Community Transit’s Board of Directors is expected to decide on Thursday which routes will be affected by service cuts. The agency is slashing 20 percent of service, or roughly 80,000 hours, due to a shortfall blamed on low sales tax revenue. That’s in addition to cuts made in 2010 that eliminated Sunday and holiday service….

Weekend construction at the Lynnwood Transit Center

Community Transit will be doing some work at the Lynnwood Transit Center for each of the next three weekends, including repairs and re-striping. The agency is warning that all cars need to be removed from designated areas by 9 p.m. each Friday.  Cars left in the work area after that time will be towed. Everything…

Community Transit cutting bus service even further

Last year Community Transit eliminated bus service on Sundays and holidays due to budget cuts. Now more deep cuts are planned for next year. The agency said Thursday that due to continued low sales tax revenue it will slash service by 20 percent in February 2012. “The recession has taken a large toll on public…

Double decker buses are back on the roads

Community Transit’s double decker buses have returned to Snohomish County. The first of 23 “Double Talls” rolled into service Thursday morning on route 413 from the Swamp Creek Park & Ride to downtown Seattle. The buses, which were paid for largely by to a federal stimulus grant, are replacing older 60-foot articulated buses. “The Double…

Community Transit maps a course for the future

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…

Community Transit wants to hear your story

Community Transit has launched a storytelling project. It’s asking riders to share stories that express the importance of public transportation to their lives. “Whether you ride the bus, met your spouse in a vanpool or have a story about how the transit system has impacted your life, share your story and enjoy those of others,”…

Rep. Liias looking for ways to restore transit service

One of Lynnwood’s state legislators wants to help Community Transit buy back some of the service it slashed last year due to budget cuts. The agency suspended all Sunday and holiday service in June and has been looking for state and federal funding to help restore service. Other transit agencies are facing similar money troubles,…

Sound Transit plans parking crackdown at Lynnwood Transit Center

Sound Transit plans to crack down on drivers who don’t follow the parking rules at the Lynnwood Transit Center and other busy park-and-ride lots. It comes after complaints by ST Express bus riders that lots are overcrowded because cars are being parked overnight. Starting Feb. 15, workers will be looking for vehicles that are parked…

Community Transit wants you to buy local this holiday season

Now that the Christmas shopping season is almost here, Community Transit is asking consumers to “Buy Local for Transit.” The agency says encouraging people to shop in their communities will strengthen local businesses and increase sales tax revenues, which supports public transportation. Community Transit is funded primarily through a portion of retail sales taxes generated…

Community Transit suspends Sunday service starting tomorrow

Tomorrow will be the first Sunday that Community Transit buses won’t be running. The agency suspended all Sunday and holiday service to save $16 million over two years as it tries to recover from lower sales tax revenue brought on by the recession. “This is a service suspension and we are working hard to get…

Community Transit fare increase begins today

Fares on Community Transit buses went up 25-cents as of today. The new fares are: Local bus – Adults $1.75, youth $1.25, seniors/disabled/Medicare 75-cents Dial-Ride Transportation (DART) paratransit – $1.75 all ages Commuter bus – no change Vanpool – no change, fares are based on mileage and size of the vehicle. Community Transit is encouraging…

Bike to Work Day is May 21

If you’ve ever wanted to try bicycle commuting, Friday is a good day to start. Community Transit is sponsoring Snohomish County Bike to Work Day on May 21. Celebration stations will be set-up throughout the County (including the Lynnwood Transit Center) to help bicyclists with their two-wheeled commutes. Each station will have fresh scones from…

No Sunday service, other changes in store for Community Transit

Major changes to Community Transit routes and schedules take effect in June, and the agency says most riders will be affected in some way. Some of the key changes include: No service on Sundays or major holidays (core local service is maintained six days a week.) Local and DART fare increase of 25-cents in all…

Get paid to ride the bus

Community Transit is offering drivers cash prizes if they leave their cars at home. As part of a new promotion called Curb the Congestion, commuters who ride the bus, bike or carpool instead of driving can win up to $1,000 or other incentive prizes. The contest is only valid on certain routes, including 164th Street…