Primitive STB Paine Field Transit Map – V 0.1
Readers, sorry if you’re getting North by Northwested a bit much but… we’ve had an Island Transit fiscal crisis about to explode again, a need to remember there’s more to Northwest Washington Transit issues than my aviation tourism advocacy, and the news is flowing thick & fast. That said, as promised in my intro post on Paine Transit service that I’d make a special post, I finally was able to make contact with Sam Brodland, Community Transit, Supervisor of Service Planning & Scheduling in the middle of his plans for a September Service Change to start climbing out of the Great Recession – which I appreciate. In fact, Mr. Brodland said I was “timely” several times in our conversation.
As other Seattle Transit Blog reports have mentioned (our editor Martin H. Duke’s report, Brent White’s warning about Community Transit’s hole , and a 2010 report of Community Transit service cuts) Community Transit got hit hard by the Great Recession. Sunday service and holiday services were wiped out. Also according to a Community Transit press release, “In 2010 and 2012, Community Transit cut 37 percent of its bus service and laid off 200 employees as a response to the recession’s impacts on sales tax revenue, the agency’s primary source of funding.”
As such, it’s realized Community Transit is undeserving Paine Field. We discussed two of the locations most under served – namely The Future of Flight which is part-museum, part-store, part-HQ for Boeing Tours, part-observatory, and part-events center. According to a PDF factsheet, Future of Flight “draws approximately 200,000 visitors per year and generates an additional $3.5 million annually of tourism spending in Snohomish County.” There is the possibility at some point of a route adjustment to bring current Mukilteo Community Transit routes out to the Future of Flight.
Then there’s the difficult location of Flying Heritage Collection stranded at 3407 109th Street SW Everett. That one’s going to require some serious public desire. Currently, to reach Flying Heritage Collection requires significant hiking through industrial areas at the moment to reach from current transit services (e.g. 1.5 mile hike from the nearest Swift Stop) – not what I’d consider safe for somebody packing $500 or more in camera gear like me. Plus such a hike would leave one a bit winded arriving at Flying Heritage Collection to walk around the exhibits.
So how do we voice that public desire folks? Mr. Broadland recommended if we who support transit for Paine Field museums wanted to have our voices heard make sure to send an e-mail to riders-AT-commtrans-DOT-org and testify at upcoming Community Transit Board Meetings. Those are at 09/04/14 3pm and 10/02/14 3pm at 7100 Hardeson Road.
Ultimately, to be successful: My efforts are going to need to become our efforts. Stay tuned!