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 by agency. That includes most of Snohomish County, excluding Everett.

The new tax will start to be collected April 1, and the agency won’t start receiving the revenue until June.

“We made a promise to the community that if this was passed we would implement new service as quickly as possible,” Community Transit spokesman Martin Munguia said.

As a result, the agency will spend about $200,000 out of its reserves to roll out the service expansion early, he said.

The election results were certified Tuesday. Proposition 1 passed with 51.1 percent of the vote in favor, a margin of 2,233 votes. It only needed a simple majority to pass.

The route expansions are modest, and amount to additional spending of about $600,000 per year, Munguia said.

The service additions include 15 new bus trips, extensions to six other trips and earlier and later travel times on some routes.

All the added trips will be to weekday schedules.

Route 112 between Mountlake Terrace and the Ash Way Park-and-Ride, will receive seven new trips each weekday between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to provide 30-minute service throughout the day.

Route 240, running from Stanwood to Smokey Point, will have a new eastbound trip starting at 8:25 p.m.

Route 271, running from Gold Bar to Everett, will have a new westbound trip leaving Gold Bar at 8:55 p.m.

Route 413, from the Swamp Creek Park-and-Ride to Seattle, will have a southbound trip added at 5:48 a.m.

Route 415, from Seattle to North Lynnwood, will have a new northbound trip at 3:15 p.m.

Route 421, from Marysville to Seattle, will have a new southbound trip at 5:15 a.m.

Route 435, from Seattle to Mill Creek, will have a new northbound trip at 3:55 p.m.

Two early morning trips, one in each direction, will be added to the Swift bus rapid transit route between Everett Station and Aurora Village, starting at 4:40 a.m.

In addition, the four southbound trips and two northbound trips on Route 880 that start or terminate in North Lynnwood will be extended to the Mukilteo ferry terminal. Nine other trips on that route, which terminates in Seattle’s University District, already serve the terminal.

Chris Winters: 425-374-4165; cwinters@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @Chris_At_Herald.

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