Automated people counters coming to an Everett bus near you

If you ride Everett Transit, expect two new features beginning next week. The first is an automated stop announcer, which calls out each stop on the route.

The second feature is an automated passenger counter. While ET already counts passengers, the automated counters will provide details such as when and where passengers are utilizing routes, which will assist with bus service planning.

The changes are part of a package of upgrades that cost around $1.2 million. Two federal grants will pay for $750,000 of that pricetag.

Transit officials say they want to hear what you think about the changes. You can direct those comments to ETmail@ci.everett.wa.us or call Matt Coomes, ET Outreach &Customer Service Supervisor at 425-257-7780.

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