Community Transit Seeks Public Comment on Proposed 2011 Service Changes

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Community Transit is seeking public input on several proposed service changes that would take effect in 2011.

The proposed changes affect service in south Snohomish County to coincide with new Sound Transit projects on the Edmonds waterfront and at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

Because sales tax income remains low and there are no new funding sources available, the agency does not plan to restore Sunday or major holiday bus service in 2011.

The bus routes affected by the service proposals include Routes 110, 112, 116, 130, 408, 413, 414, 415, 416 and 477.

Mountlake Terrace Transit Center

In February 2011, Sound Transit is scheduled to open the Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station on I-5. This will add bi-directional Sound Transit bus service to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center and will increase the number of bus trips at the transit center from 62 to 201.

Community Transit is proposing to move its downtown Seattle commuter service through Mountlake Terrace to the new freeway station and to realign local service on city streets. This will involve the possible elimination of commuter Routes 408 and 477 and the realignment of commuter Routes 413 and 415 from north Lynnwood to serve the Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station.

Several of the proposals have multiple options that the public is encouraged to comment on. Details are available online at www.communitytransit.org/servicechange and in a booklet being distributed on buses. A community meeting to discuss these proposals will take place at the Mountlake Terrace Library (23300 58th Ave. W., accessed by Routes 112 and 130) from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19.

Edmonds Station

Sound Transit’s improved Edmonds Station is scheduled to open in
mid-2011 and will provide an easy location to transfer between Community Transit bus, Sounder rail and Washington State Ferries service. When Edmonds Station opens, Community Transit proposes to move most of its service in that area off Railroad Avenue to new bus stops east of the railroad tracks, eliminating potential delays and facilitating transfers to Sounder trains.

The South County Senior Center on Railroad Avenue in Edmonds will continue to be served four times an hour by Route 131. Details of the proposals are available online at www.communitytransit.org/servicechange
and in a booklet on board buses.

Public comment on all these proposals will be accepted through Sept. 6.
A public hearing before the Community Transit Board of Directors will take place at 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Community Transit Board Room, 7100 Hardeson Rd., Everett (accessed by Everett Transit Route 8).

In addition, staff will be at park & rides and riding buses on affected routes to help get the word out and solicit feedback.

Comments are accepted in several ways:
via email – [email protected];
via regular mail – Community Transit Service Change, 7100 Hardeson Road, Everett, WA 98203; via phone – (425) 353-7433.

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