A man wearing a face mask walks toward the rear entrance of a Community Transit bus at the Everett Station on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A man wearing a face mask walks toward the rear entrance of a Community Transit bus at the Everett Station on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Community Transit cuts routes further as ridership plummets

Some routes had zero passengers for days, and a dozen employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

EVERETT — Community Transit is further reducing routes starting Monday in Snohomish County.

Meanwhile, the transit service reported 12 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and five more were being tested this week.

With ridership down over 70% since February, the agency is canceling routes with few or no riders.

All trips on Route 247 from Stanwood to Boeing will be canceled. The bus hasn’t had any riders for days, according to Community Transit.

Routes 107, 227, 412, 435 and 821 will be reduced to one trip in each direction daily.

Commuter service to downtown Seattle will stay the same, except for routes 412 and 435.

Service to the University of Washington (Community Transit 800-series routes) will also go down substantially.

Across all routes, the hours and frequency of trips will be reduced. That means longer gaps between trips.

Buses will remain on regular schedules Saturdays and Sundays.

To help reduce the spread of the virus, the agency is asking passengers to board and exit buses through rear doors only. All rides are free through April 30.

A complete listing of the reductions will be available by Friday at communitytransit.org/reducedservice.

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