Community Transit already has the second largest U.S. fleet of double-decker buses in regular transit service, and thanks to a new federal grant it will again expand that number in 2019. (Community Transit photo)

Community Transit already has the second largest U.S. fleet of double-decker buses in regular transit service, and thanks to a new federal grant it will again expand that number in 2019. (Community Transit photo)

Rollin’ snake eyes: Doubling down on double-decker buses

A Community Transit purchase will keep its double-decker fleet No. 2 in nation behind Las Vegas.

Look out, Las Vegas.

Community Transit approved the purchase of eight more Double Tall double-decker buses, using a $1.3 million federal grant. The buses will go into service in late 2019.

They will add to the agency’s 62 double-deckers already in service on commuter routes in Snohomish and King counties. Community Transit also operates Sound Transit double-decker buses, of which there will soon be 37.

By the end of next year, more than 100 double-deckers will run out of Community Transit’s Kasch Park Operating Base in south Everett.

That’s the second-largest U.S. fleet of double-decker buses, behind Las Vegas with more than 200, said Martin Munguia, a Community Transit spokesman.

Six of the new buses will replace articulated buses. Double-decker buses seat about 30 percent more passengers.

Meanwhile, the agency also is buying 28 more 60-foot buses. Two of them will be added to the bus rapid transit Swift fleet. The remaining 26 will replace older buses in the fleet that have been called back onto roads to meet expanded bus service.

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