On June 6, the Snohomish Community Transit Board of Directors approved a plan to restore 7500 annual service hours, starting with the September 29 service change. Community Transit is planning on adding an additional 25,000 annual service hours in 2015, which still leaves it well behind its high point before the recession forced it to cut 160,000 annual service hours from 2010 to 2012.
Eight routes will be impacted by the September 2014 service change.
Three routes (130, 201, and 202) will get frequency bumps:
Route 130 (Edmonds Station to Lynnwood Transit Center via Aurora Village and Mountlake Terrace) will see its weekday mid-day frequency increase from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes.
Routes 201 and 202 (Smokey Point Transit Center to Lynnwood TC) will see their weekday frequency increased to provide combined 15-minute service between Smokey Point TC and Lynnwood TC all day. This increased frequency will add 23 daily trips to Community Transit’s longest local north-south route and improve connections with east/west service, especially in the north and east county.
Both routes will operate on I-5 between Ash Way Park & Ride and Lynnwood TC, rather than on streets. This change saves significant service hours and improves service time on these routes. Passengers who wish to travel to Alderwood Mall can transfer at Ash Way P&R to revised routes 115 and 116.
Route 120 (currently Lynnwood TC to Canyon P&R) will be extended to Edmonds Community College and two afternoon trips will be added. This change increases the number of buses between Lynnwood TC and Edmonds CC from 4 to 6 per hour each weekday to address high demand.
Routes 113, 115, and 116 will be re-routed in the vicinity of Alderwood Mall.
Route 113 (currently Ash Way P&R to Mukilteo Ferry Dock) will be extended to Lynnwood TC via the west side of Alderwood Mall along 36th and 33rd Avenues, Alderwood Mall Blvd and 200th St. This change will restore a one-seat ride between Mukilteo and Lynnwood TC. Route 113 will no longer serve 164th St and Ash Way P&R.
Route 115 (Aurora Village to Mariner P&R via Edmonds CC and Lynnwood TC) & route 116 (Edmonds Station to Silver Firs via Edmond CC and Lynnwood TC) will be realigned between Ash Way P&R and Lynnwood TC to operate on the east side of Alderwood Mall (Alderwood Mall Parkway and Blvd) rather than on the west side of the mall. This change saves significant service hours and improves service time on these routes. Routes 115 and 116 will no longer serve Swamp Creek P&R.
Route 110 (Mountlake Terrace TC to Edmonds Station) will be eliminated due to low ridership, and its hours redeployed elsewhere.
All these changes point to Lynnwood Transit Center Station being a serious regional hub when it opens in 2023.
Meanwhile, down in Puyallup, Pierce Transit rolled out new route 425, dubbed the Puyallup Connector, on June 8, for a 1-year pilot project. The connector circulates among several Puyallup destinations, including Puyallup Station, with 30-minute frequency from at least 10 am to at least 6 pm seven days a week. From now until September 25, service on Thursdays will run until 9 PM to transport more riders to and from concerts in Pioneer Park. On Saturdays through September 27, service will begin at 9 AM to accommodate Puyallup Farmer’s Market customers.