Community Transit plans fare increase and bus route changes

The board voted to raise fares by 25 cents, with extra revenue aimed at service expansion.

EVERETT — Community Transit fares are set to rise by 25 cents for most riders starting this fall.

The agency’s Board of Directors approved the increase Thursday, along with some route changes.

The board also approved plans to launch the Swift Green Line next year between Paine Field and Bothell’s Canyon Park area. The Green Line would be CT’s second rapid-transit bus service, similar to the existing Blue Line on Highway 99 between downtown Everett and Shoreline. The board’s action also will increase the frequency of Blue Line service.

The proposals were the subject of a hearing last month.

“They decided to adopt the recommendations as proposed,” agency spokesman Martin Munguia said.

The fare hike will take effect Oct. 1 and the route changes Sept. 23. The new rates will be $2.50 for adults, $1.75 for youth and $1.25 for reduced fares. DART paratransit service will cost $2.50.

The agency also is streamlining its fare for commuter routes. Riders in south Snohomish County won’t see a change; those in areas north and east of Everett will see a reduction of $1.50. That sets fares on all commuter routes at $4.25 for adults, $3 for youth and $2 for reduced fares.

Vanpool fares will go up 3 percent.

Route changes, effective Sept. 23:

  • Swift Blue Line buses will run every 10 minutes, instead of the current 12-minute intervals, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Buses will continue to run every 20 minutes during the early morning, nights and weekends. An extra weekday morning trip will be added in each direction at 4:20 a.m.
  • Route 109 will no longer serve Highway 9 in Lake Stevens between 20th Street and the Lake Stevens Transit Center. Buses will instead travel 20th Street and 99th Avenue, with the rest of the route unchanged.
  • Route 196 will no longer serve 196th Street in Lynnwood between 44th and 48th avenues, instead traveling 44th and 48th avenues to the Lynnwood Transit Center.
  • Route 413 will add 13 new trips throughout the day between Lynnwood and Seattle.

Service changes in March 2019:

    • The Swift Green Line is expected to begin service on a similar timetable to the Blue Line.
    • Several local routes serving Boeing will change in an attempt to better connect to the Seaway Transit Center, which will be the Green Line’s northern terminus.

For more information, go to www.communitytransit.org/NewService.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @NWhaglund.

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