I thought I’d share my comments to Community Transit on their annual Transit Development Plan update. As I empathized last Friday along with some neat statistical quotes, please by 3 April e-mail planupdate-AT-commtrans.org your thoughts on the CT Draft TDP if we transit geeks want to give Community Transit input on their future goals.
I just copy-pasted my comments as well. Figure this may or may not help you.
Dear Community Transit;
I just finished reviewing your 2015 update of your Transit Development Plan (hereafter TDP for brevity). Rather impressed by Community Transit capabilities I’ve experienced and stated in the TDP, but the TDP does reflect vacancies around transit service for Paine Field so that’s where most of my comments are going to reflect.
But first, as a Republican and as a supporter of genuine congestion relief having sat last autumn in Skagit Transit 90X buses trapped in deep congestion and occasionally used Sound Transit-branded buses to get from Everett Station to Seattle – I hope all Community Transit staff take pride in providing 1% of the vehicles, but 25% of commuters on the I-5 corridor.
That said, I went over your TDP as an aviation photographer with a part-time gig at a Paine Field tenant not named Boeing. I noticed no mention of any route restructures if Swift II came into being – which I hope Swift II does with the same awesomeness I’ve experienced with Swift I. As such, I’m politely reminding Community Transit of some basic Paine Field geography:
- There is a lease option on for a potential 2-gate Paine Field commercial aviation terminal along 100th Street SW. Your TDP should have a plan to link service from that terminal to Swift II at the least, and at the most reroute Swift II to/from the terminal; just as the SeaTac International terminal is served by many transit providers.
- Airport Road & 112th Street Southwest is the closest Swift II bus stop at 0.9 miles to Flying Heritage Collection. I hope you agree please this Swift II potential station should come to fruition and feed service to Flying Heritage Collection.
- Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour in the January 2015 Leading Edge newsletter revealed having 281,567 total 2014 visitors (1) yet has no regular transit service within half a mile. One explanation given is that the Future of Flight requires a bus stop. However, Everett Transit has commuter only bus stops #7375 westbound to the Mukilteo Ferry and #7380 eastbound to the Boeing Factory a mere 0.2 miles walking distance to the Future of Flight at 44th Avenue West & 84th Street Southwest.
Pardon my incredulity, but until you start serving a place averaging 777.8 visitors for the 362 days the Future of Flight is open annually… I just shake my head at your abandonment of your potential 777-8X bus stop. I salute your service of Historic Flight Foundation & the neighboring “Windsock” via the Bernie Webber Drive bus stop, I appreciate Everett Transit’s service of the Museum of Flight’s Restoration Center but still.
At this conjecture I remind you of two of your more robust your TDP assertions:
- “We will provide fast, frequent, reliable and affordable public transportation connecting all major destinations in Snohomish County. People will enjoy the ease and comfort of being transported on buses in priority lanes. … Transit will be the first choice, not just for commuting to work but for all travel” on page 2.
- “More connections to more places, more often and more reliably” on page 86.
The head-shaking failure to serve within half a mile a major Snohomish County destination by any definition with an average of 777.8 visitors for the 362 days and around 86 visitors per hour the Future of Flight is open annually without a strenuous hike from the Mukilteo Speedway or a hike up & down a trail to the Boeing plant 0.8 miles away is not conducive with your TDP goals.
So what is my “call to action” as your TDP would put the issue? Okay, you need to initiate planning with new revenue a route restructure to service Paine Field museums and follow through to, “provide fast, frequent, reliable and affordable public transportation connecting all major destinations in Snohomish County” by using the new revenue to provide, “More connections to more places, more often and more reliably”. There you go.
- This stat counts the 269,854 purchases of the full Boeing Tour (which includes access to the Gallery & Strato Deck) tickets & 11,713 Gallery & Strato Deck ticket purchases. Not counted was the 1,850 students also served. SOURCE: http://www.futureofflight.org/newsletter, select January 2015.