Community Transit’s first on-demand service is set to launch Oct. 20 with the Lynnwood pilot project. Its area includes Alderwood mall and goes north to 164th Street SW and south to 204th Street SW. Fares cost $2.50. (Community Transit)

Community Transit’s first on-demand service is set to launch Oct. 20 with the Lynnwood pilot project. Its area includes Alderwood mall and goes north to 164th Street SW and south to 204th Street SW. Fares cost $2.50. (Community Transit)

Community Transit’s on-demand rides in Lynnwood start Oct. 20

The service, called Zip, will run for one year in an area near Alderwood mall. Fares cost the same as a bus ride.

LYNNWOOD — Get hip to the Zip.

Community Transit’s first foray into on-demand rides starts Oct. 20.

Zip service encompasses the Alderwood mall, Lynnwood Transit Center and Swamp Creek Park and Ride. Its area generally is bound by Highway 525 and I-5 to the east, 164th Street SW to the north, 204th Street SW to the south, and Highway 99 to the west.

Similar to other ride hailing services such as Lyft and Uber, people can use a smartphone app to request a Zip ride. Riders can also request a pickup through a phone call. The specific app and phone number were not yet available.

“Our goal with Zip is to introduce an innovative new transit service that provides an easy way to get around locally for the price of a bus ride,” Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz said in a news release. “We look forward to hearing feedback as we consider additional pilot projects in the county.”

Fares will cost $2.50, the same as a local bus trip. People can pay with cash, credit and debit cards, or an ORCA card. ORCA users can transfer or make a return trip with a two-hour window without paying again.

Zip shuttles are accessible for people with disabilities, and drivers are trained accordingly.

Riders 18 and younger can board free.

Its schedule is 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. But it won’t have scheduled stops, which means wait times depend on use. Passengers could see waits between 10 and 15 minutes, according to Community Transit. At least two shuttles will run, with four if necessary.

Private transit company MedStar Transportation will operate the Lynnwood project for one year on a contract worth just over $1 million.

Community Transit is using the pilot to evaluate the potential for broader on-demand service in other areas. The idea is to help people better link with other transit, including buses and the upcoming light rail stations, so they don’t have to drive themselves.

The agency is looking at other tailored services in Arlington, Darrington and Lake Stevens.

Ben Watanabe:425-339-3037; bwatanabe@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @benwatanabe.

Talk to us

More in Local News

A family of four escaped a fire in their home's garage without injuries Saturday night in Brier. (South County Fire)
Brier family escapes harm after fire in garage

The two-story house in the 22800 block of Brier Road had an estimated $150,000 in damages, per South County Fire.

A woman was injured in an attack Sunday at Clark Park in Everett. (Everett Police Department)
Woman injured after attack at Clark Park in Everett

The woman was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for her injuries, which were not considered critical.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney in a video decries an erosion of public safety and increase in brazen criminal behavior. (Screenshot)
Snohomish County sheriff, chorus of local leaders decry policing reforms

Criminals are getting more brazen, they said. In a video, they called for easing vehicle pursuit rules and stiffening drug laws.

Attorney Michael Andrews, left, and Kyle Brown listen to the judge's address Wednesday afternoon at the Snohomish County Superior Courthouse in Everett, Washington on September 21, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville ex-youth minister gets community service for sexual assault

Kyle Brown, of Marysville, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault with a sexual motivation last month. In 2019, he was charged with molestation.

A semi truck blows smoke out of its exhaust pipes while driving southbound on I-5 on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Reader: Did a tractor-trailer cover my car in diesel soot?

Probably not, according to a Department of Ecology spokesperson, since diesel emissions are getting “cleaner.”

Phyllis Hopkins, left, and Debbie Wetzel at the site of the Cathcart Crossing project on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 in Cathcart, Washington. Hopkins is one of 13 neighbors who was left out of the loop about a public hearing and comment period for the proposed development, an appeal alleges. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Neighbors appeal 286 townhomes off Highway 9 in Cathcart

Residents are protesting what they say is a lack of transparency. The Snohomish County Council will hear their appeal Oct. 5.

Alderwood Water & Wastewater District water quality tech assistant Matt Williams looks at the clarity of a water sample taken from the artesian well located along164th Street on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Lynnwood, Wa. The well," also known as Well No. 5 or the 164th Street Artesian Well is in excess of 400 feet in depth and flows at a rate of about 10 gallons per minute. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Water district keeps leadership, for now, despite staff woes

Investigations found Alderwood General Manager Dick McKinley broke ethics rules, more than once.

Snohomish County vital statistics

Marriage licenses, dissolutions and deaths.

On Aug. 30, Everett police posted this photo to Facebook seeking tips about an alleged fatal hit-and-run. (Everett Police Department)
Woman arrested in hit-and-run death of Everett pedestrian

Patricia Oman, 80, was walking on Broadway when she was hit. She died four days later. The alleged driver was held on $100,000 bail.

Most Read