Community Transit to launch expansion Sept. 11

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ServiceChangeExpansionCommunity Transit on Sept. 11 will launch its first significant transit expansion since voters approved Proposition 1 last fall.

The service expansion will add:

·         Two new bus routes along Highway 9 in east Snohomish County;

·         Route revisions in Marysville and Mukilteo; and

·         More bus trips throughout the county and into Seattle.

Details of the service expansion plan are available at www.communitytransit.org/NewService.

A Guide to Service Expansion is now available on board buses, and the new Bus Plus schedule book will be on buses later this week. New schedules for the service expansion are online at www.communitytransit.org/NewSchedules.

The service expansion increases Community Transit service by 14 percent over 2015 levels. The agency’s recently-approved six-year plan calls for a total 40 percent service increase through 2021, funded largely by the voter-approved ballot measure.

Proposition 1 increased sales tax in the Community Transit service area, which is most of Snohomish County excluding Everett, by 0.3 percent, or 3 cents on a $10 purchase. Revenue collection began on April 1, 2016.

“Our promise to Snohomish County residents was to put their investment to use as quickly as possible, and we’re living up to our promise,” said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath of the September service expansion.

Extra bus trips will be added on popular commuter Routes 402, 412, 415, 860 and 871 to Seattle and the University of Washington. Actual trip times can be found online at www.communitytransit.org/NewSchedules.

Because this expansion includes service to new areas, as well as expanded hours of bus operations, DART paratransit service will be expanded. DART is available to eligible residents within three-quarter miles of a local, non-commuter fixed route during the same hours the bus operates.

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