Double-deckers roll out

  • By Sharon Salyer Herald Writer
  • Friday, April 1, 2011 12:01am
  • Local News

Community Transit’s popular “double talls,” those British-lookalike, double-decker buses, are back.

The first two double-talls rolled out Thursday on commuter routes in Snohomish County. They’re part of the total fleet 23 double-deckers that will go into service over the next two months, said

Tom Pearce, Community Transit spokesman.

On Thursday, the buses made stops in Seattle and in Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, and Marysville. Eventually, they will run on most of the transit agency’s commuter routes.

The federally funded double-decker buses cost a total of $19 million, Pearce said, with each bus costing slightly more than $757,000.

“Passengers absolutely love riding these buses,” Pearce said. “It’s a completely different view when you’re sitting upstairs, especially sitting near the front window upstairs.

“In the past … we have had people go to the first bus stop try to be the first in lines so they could have that front seat,” he said.

The buses are 42 feet long and 14 feet tall, carrying 49 passengers on the upper level and 28 on the lower floor.

The buses have been popular with commuters since 2007, when the transit agency first leased a double-decker. It was a two-year test to see how practical the buses might be for regular commuter use.

The double-decker buses are more fuel efficient, Pearce said, in part because they carry more passengers — 77 as opposed to the 60 riders on the buses they are replacing.

The new buses also are cheaper to run because, like any new vehicle, they require less maintenance, he said. “You don’t have the issues that older engines encounter, whether it’s a car or a bus,” Pearce said.

The chassis of the buses are manufactured in England by Alexander Dennis Ltd., the same Scotland-based company that makes London’s trademark double-deckers. They are shipped to its California plant for final assembly.

They are replacing the agency’s oldest buses on commuter routes to Seattle — 60 foot articulated buses manufactured in 1998.

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486;

Bus Schedules

For more information on Community Transit schedules call 800-562-1375 or go to

Talk to us

More in Local News

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Body found in impounded car in Lake Stevens

In June, Bothell police impounded the vehicle. Last week, a Lake Stevens business found a body inside.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
California woman dies after motorcycle crash west of Lake Stevens

Kimberly Moore was the passenger on a motorcycle Friday morning. She died the next night. She was 53.

A view of the proposed alternative station location to Everett Station located east of the current BNSF rail tracks in downtown. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Could light rail station under Pacific Avenue and over railroad work?

A group representing people around Everett Station wants Sound Transit to study the idea.

State Representative Robert Sutherland, left, gives a thumbs-up to passing drivers as he and a few volunteers wave flags and campaign signs along the side of State Route 9 on July 22, in Lake Stevens. Sam Low, right, talks with seniors on July 20 in Lake Stevens. (Sutherland photo by Ryan Berry / The Herald, Low photo by Kevin Clark / The Herald)
In GOP battle of Sutherland vs. Low, Democrats may tip the scale

The state lawmaker and Snohomish County council member are vying for a House seat. Democrats make up roughly 40% of the vote.

Chocolate peanut butter Incredibles

These chocolate peanut butter bars are, as the name suggests, incredible.

SnoTown Brewing’s Frank Sandoval in 2019. (Aaron Swaney)
SnoTown Brewery owner charged with child molestation

Frank Sandoval conceded his conduct with a girl at his brewery was inappropriate, but he denied touching her sexually, charges say.

Head-on crash in Everett leaves man with life-threatening injuries

A two-vehicle collision in the 11600 block of Evergreen Way shut down southbound traffic Monday morning.

Members of Casino Connect line up to stow luggage Tuesday morning aboard the Adventuress in Everett on August 9, 2022.  The teens will go on a four-day sailing trip where they learn about maritime skills and environmental science. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Casino Road teens on tall ship Adventuress set sail for 4-day voyage

The Everett at Sea program offers outdoor, on-the-water lessons that “underserved youth” might not get otherwise.

Jason Moon, new member of Mukilteo City Council and the first Korean American. He was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Joe Marine, who was elected mayor.
(Submitted photo)
Free food, fun at Korean American Appreciation Day in Mukilteo

City Councilmember Jason Moon organized the Aug. 13 event to connect people of all cultures.

Most Read