LYNNWOOD — Community Transit is boosting its options for bus riders this fall with a new route to Paine Field, more trips to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington, and increased service on Sundays.
The new Route 107 will operate between Lynnwood Transit Center and the Boeing Co. plant and Paine Field via Mukilteo Speedway. Buses will run only weekdays during the peak hours of the commute with three northbound trips in the morning and three southbound trips in the evening.
Also, changes will be made to early morning and afternoon service on Route 105 to meet increasing demand to the Paine Field area. The route will be extended north from the Mariner Park & Ride along Airport Road to serve Paine Field, Boeing, Seaway Boulevard and Hardeson Road. The extended trips will operate both directions weekdays only from 5 to 8 a.m. and 1:45 to 6 p.m.
There will be 23 additional trips each weekday to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington. Buses will run in the morning and evening with the routes and times to be determined based on ridership demand, according to a district press release.
Another big change is planned for Sundays. There will be a total of 37 midday trips added on Route 240, serving Stanwood to Smokey Point, Route 271, serving Gold Bar to Everett, and Route 280, serving Granite Falls and Everett. This will provide hourly service all-day compared to the current schedule with buses running every two hours.
As a result of the expanded bus service, the Dial-A-Ride Transportation, or DART, service will be expanded as well. The district makes DART available to eligible residents within three quarters of a mile of a local, non-commuter fixed route during the same hours the bus operates.
The changes, which will begin Sept. 24, were approved by the district’s board of directors last week. Money for the increased service will come from the sales tax increase approved by voters in 2015.
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