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Community Transit

I-405 tolls are shaving several minutes off bus riders’ commutes

Tolls have helped buses traveling I-405 shave some time off their routes, a key goal to help make what transit is available more reliable and attractive to commuters.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Street Smarts

Too soon to cut I-405 express toll lanes

Skepticism and grumbling about the new high-occupancy toll lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue that were opened in late September are understandable.Previously, we've criticized the toll...

Date: 12/17/2015 | Editorials

Swift station to open at Edmonds CC in early 2016

Students can look forward to a shorter walk to the Edmonds Community College campus from their Community Transit bus with the opening of the Swift College Station on southbound Highway 99 at 204th Street SW in Lynnwood.College Station is under construction and is expected to...

Date: 12/10/2015 | Street Smarts

EvCC sustainability expert brings ideas to state commute reduction board

EVERETT — In her nine years focused on sustainability efforts at Everett Community College, Molly Beeman has helped the college put recycled paper in printer drawers, compost its food waste and reduce unwanted junk mail from 200 pounds a day to 10.

Date: 12/09/2015 | Street Smarts

Community Transit to expand Snohomish County routes in March

EVERETT — Community Transit will expand services in Snohomish County starting March 13. The service additions are made possible by the passage on the November ballot of Proposition 1, which will increase sales tax by 0.3 percent in those areas served...

Date: 11/28/2015 | Local News

Companies, unions were big backers of Community Transit measure

The political committee behind Community Transit’s successful sales tax measure received the bulk of its funding from companies and unions likely to benefit most when the new tax dollars start rolling in.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

A roadmap for better transit

Sitting in traffic must have some persuasive effect.Even in an election year when Tim Eyman's latest tax-limiting initiative garnered nearly 56 percent approval in Snohomish County, about 51 percent of voters served by Community Transit approved a .3 percent sales tax...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Editorials

Community Transit sales-tax measure too close to call

It was too close to call whether voters in much of Snohomish County approve of another 0.3 percent sales-tax hike to support Community Transit on election night.Community Transit hasn't lost a countywide ballot measure since it was established almost 40 years ago. Voters...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

Community Transit lost and found racks up the unusual

The Community Transit Blog has compiled a list of its most unusual lost and found items.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Street Smarts

Vote to expand bus service for your health, that of others

When we think of public transportation, we often think of the positive impact it has on easing congestion, supporting the local economy and providing an environmentally responsible alternative to driving alone.But how many of us think about the role public transit plays in...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Commentary

Added bus service would aid our economy, quality of life

United Way of Snohomish County is proud to urge a “Yes” vote on Proposition 1 this November. The measure provides much needed transit investments to ensure our residents can access jobs, education and vital services.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Commentary

Community Transit officials outline 2016 budget

EVERETT — Leaders at Community Transit say they’re offering modest service improvements in their 2016 budget.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Local News

Buses add time-saving shortcuts for I-5 Seattle commute

Community Transit and Sound Transit buses this week start using two transit-only shortcuts to bypass heavy traffic on I-5.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Street Smarts

Direct bus route from Stanwood to Everett still in limbo

Stanwood is nearly twice the size of Granite Falls and three times as big as

Date: 10/20/2015 | Street Smarts

Ballot measure would raise $25M for more CT bus service

Voters in much of Snohomish County are being asked to approve a sales-tax hike to support Community Transit.The 0.3 percent increase is the equivalent of adding 3 cents to the price of a $10 purchase.

Date: 10/19/2015 | Local News

Support expansion of Community Transit service

During the eight years I have served in the Washington state Senate, I have been on the Senate Transportation Committee, serving as co-chairman or chairman during the last four. I have traveled all around our state meeting with city and county officials and numerous agencies. I've...

Date: 10/17/2015 | Commentary

Bus fire forces commuters to wait on side of I-405

BELLEVUE — Dozens of bus commuters were standing along northbound I-405 in Bellevue early Wednesday as a Metro bus burned.KIRO-TV reports that the burning bus was blocking the right lane.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Northwest

Vote yes for more bus service

You might assume that the additional gas tax you started paying in July — 7 cents a gallon now, 4.9 cents a gallon next summer — is helping to support bus service in your community.It's a...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Editorials

Look to bottom of ballot to find Community Transit measure

Voters will need to look to the bottom of the Nov. 3 ballot to find the proposition to raise the sales-tax rate by 0.3 cents per dollar in much of Snohomish County to pay for improvements to Community Transit.

Date: 10/01/2015 | South County Politics

'Double Talls' set to go

More double-decker buses coming to CT routes

Date: 09/29/2015 | Local News

CT seeks better on-time performance for Everett-to-Seattle bus routes on I-5

Increased congestion on I-5 isn’t just making the commute take longer for those driving to Seattle each day.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Local News

Ride the bus to the Fair

The Evergreen State Fair runs Aug. 27 to Labor Day, Sept. 7, and Community Transit will again offer special Fair Days bus service — for less than the cost of a funnel cake.

Date: 08/27/2015 | Street Smarts

Mukilteo mayor pushes for Community Transit tax hike

A newly formed political committee led by Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson is leading the effort to pass Community Transit’s sales tax hike measure this fall.

Date: 08/23/2015 | Local News

Submit 10-second video showing ‘moves’ to Community Transit

Community Transit is sponsoring a Moves Moment video contest on Facebook as part of its Nobody Moves Like Transit advertising campaign. Through Aug. 20, members of the public may submit their own 10-second video showing...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Street Smarts

No fare

Bus freeloaders cost $1 million last year

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News

More parking coming to Ash Way, Swamp Creek P&Rs

Major renovations are underway at the cramped Ash Way Park and Ride and Swamp Creek Park and Ride lots that will result in more parking.

Date: 07/23/2015 | Street Smarts

Cities pleased with outcomes

It took 176 days, with two special sessions, including a few extra days tacked on at the end. And with so much riding on a number of outcomes, it was often frustrating to watch as deals were made, dashed and made...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Editorials

Inaugural Snohomish County Bike Bash is July 25

It's not that Dorothé Reijnders didn't bike before. "I'm from the Netherlands. Over there, we bike because we need to go from A to B," she said.But it wasn't until she bought a road bike and then started training two years ago for a 200-plus...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Street Smarts

Community Transit wants sales tax increase for improved bus service

EVERETT — Community Transit will ask voters Nov. 3 to approve a sales tax increase that will allow it to expand services across Snohomish County.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

How to get where we’re going on transportation

Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials

Not all park and ride lots allow carpools

Security at the South Everett Freeway Station on I-5 at 112th Street have been cracking down lately on those looking to park and ride — in their own vehicles, that is.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Street Smarts

No bus stop at Future of Flight

Bus rider Joe Kunzler wonders why Community Transit doesn’t have a route to the popular Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Street Smarts

CT plans a new rapid-transit bus route between Canyon Park and Paine Field

Community Transit is moving forward with improvements to public transportation in Snohomish County, including a plan to add a second rapid-transit bus route from Bothell to Paine Field as soon as 2018.It also will

Date: 06/02/2015 | Local News

Beauty and the bus stop

Mariner High School art students' work spruces things up

Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News

More 'Double Tall' buses coming to Community Transit routes

Community Transit is nearly doubling its fleet of double-decker buses in one $22.2 million swoop. The high-capacity buses could be in service by the end of summer, in time for the heavy fall commuting season.Community Transit has one new "

Date: 05/28/2015 | Street Smarts

Briefs: Community Transit given 'Above and Beyond Award'

Community Transit given ‘Above and Beyond Award'The Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization has presented Community Transit of Snohomish County with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of their...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Business

Short-term fixes could get buses moving faster

Commuters who stand in the aisle of a Community Transit bus for as long as 80 minutes to get to their jobs in Seattle are proof enough that buses are not immune to the region's traffic woes.Travel times in the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-5 between Everett and Seattle...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Street Smarts

Community Transit should lower costs, not increase tax

Snohomish County and Community Transit officials have announced they want more tax authority from the Legislature to pay for more passenger train and bus service. The new taxes they have in mind would increase the tax burden on working families and hit most Snohomish County...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary

New bus lane to ease flow on Highway 99 at Airport Road

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin work the week of April 13 to improve traffic flow through Highway 99 and Airport Road in Everett, where...

Date: 04/09/2015 | Street Smarts

Transit agencies need state, federal support

Transit agencies and others have declared today Stand Up 4 Transportation Day, a time to recognize the importance of transportation funding. In Everett and throughout Snohomish County, transportation is key to job growth and our stronger-than-national economic recovery.

Date: 04/09/2015 | Commentary

New regional ORCA pass geared at tourists

The transit agencies that participate in the ORCA smart card fare system — including Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit — are propose a new...

Date: 04/01/2015 | Street Smarts

Is a crosswalk needed at Broadway and 34th?

Bus rider Cynthia Wheaton often uses the stop at 34th Street and Broadway in Everett. Crossing Broadway to use the bus stop, however, can be stressful."I wear a bright yellow jacket for visibility and carefully wait for a big gap in traffic both ways, but I have been...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Street Smarts

Ride Community Transit Sundays and holidays, pay a little more

Everett’s Donovan Keith works at Jiffy Lube in Lake Stevens. On Friday, he stood in the cold at Everett Station waiting to catch his Community Transit bus.“I work some Sundays, and I have to get rides,” said Keith, 18.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Local News

Community Transit lists 4 CEO finalists

EVERETT — Community Transit on Thursday announced four finalists under consideration to be the agency’s CEO.

Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News

Long-term transit plans include Cathcart park-and-ride

CATHCART — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday authorized buying a church property in the Cathcart area for a future Community Transit park-and-ride lot.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Local News

Buses can get a jump-start on green lights

This was an interesting one.“Several times recently I have noticed buses ... stopped at a red light and then proceed through the intersection while the light is still red,” writes Chester Swanson of Everett.

Date: 02/16/2015 | Street Smarts

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