Proposed Sunday Network map, courtesy of Community Transit
Community Transit has proposed a 25-cent increase for adult and DART fares to help fund 27,000 hours of restored service, including 18,000 hours of Sunday and holiday service on 16 local bus routes beginning as early as June 7, 2015.
Swift would get 20 minute frequencies on Sunday, last seen before the June 2010 service cuts, while major routes in Southwest Snohomish County, Marysville and Arlington would get hourly service. “Rural lifeline routes” serving far-flung cities such as Stanwood and Gold Bar would see buses every two hours on Sundays. CT hopes to fully restore Sunday and holiday service that was cut in 2010, with the 2015 proposal funding 65 percent of the lost hours but covering the same area. The ultimate goal for the agency is to operate the same amount of service on Saturdays and Sundays as a single weekend schedule.
Full list of routes after the jump.
- 20-minute frequency: Swift
- 60-minute frequency: 101, 105, 112, 113, 116, 119, 120, 130, 196, 202, 220
- 120-minute frequency: 222, 240, 271, 280
Furthermore, CT is proposing a restructure of weekday service to Monroe and Sultan on U.S. Route 2, as well as extending Route 222 to the new Marysville Walmart and four daily trips of Route 280 to the Boeing Everett plant. Commuter routes 412, 413 and 860, serving North Lynnwood and Mill Creek, would also get additional peak trips.
CT states that the proposal has been carefully crafted to use existing buses, but requires 34 new drivers to be hired and trained for the extra weekday and Sunday service. Their press release also states that CT would operate on six major holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The 2014-2019 Transit Development Plan published by Community Transit forecasts 60,500 new hours of bus service over the next six years, with the June 2015 and September 2015 service changes combining to be the largest addition.
Public meetings will be held in Marysville, Mountlake Terrace, Everett and Monroe from November 19 to December 10. Community Transit is also taking public comments on the proposals until January 9th, following a public hearing held by the Community Transit Board of Directors on Tuesday, January 8th at their headquarters in Everett.