LYNNWOOD — Attention Meadowdale area residents: Community Transit may be arriving in a neighborhood near you.
The bus agency is considering changing present bus route 118 or creating a new route called “119” to make its way through an area that’s never been served.
“We’ve heard from people in the community that there is an interest in having bus service in this area,” said Tom Pearce, a spokesperson for Community Transit. “Part of the area also has many apartment buildings, which could be a number of potential riders for us.”
A public meeting has been scheduled, in the area, to talk about this and other potential service changes. It is set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 22 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church at 6511 176th in Lynnwood.
This is very good news for Meadowdale residents, students, members of St. Thomas More Church and seniors said Lynnwood resident and long-time bus user Robert Crowe.
In June 2003, Crowe started a petition hoping Community Transit would add just such a service to this area.
“We got close to 500 signatures from St. Thomas More alone and more around the Meadowdale area,” Crowe said, “there were parents and teachers excited about it too.”
As far as Community Transit’s two options for the potential change, Crowe said he and those he’s talked to prefer proposal number one, which keeps the route to Alderwood mall in tact the way it is now.
However, Pearce said, both proposals include stopping at the Alderwood mall.
“We like their proposal very much,” Crowe said, “in fact we’re not treating this as a proposal, we want to tell them we like it and to do it and we’ll get the word out for them, so people will use the service so it stays in place.”
If put into place, the new routes, in some form, would start this September.
Pearce said this is one of many changes the agency is proposing to its service areas. For more details go to www.communitytransit.org then push “news and events” then navigate to “proposed service changes” and find the Meadowdale area routes 118 and/or 119.
Anyone wishing to make comments about this particular proposal or any other call 425-348-2335 or send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.