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Swift Blue Line returns to 10-minute service with a fare increase on September 24th

The Swift Blue Line, Community Transit’s highest ridership route, will see a 20 percent increase in weekday service starting Monday, September 24, 2018.  The bus rapid transit line that runs on Highway 99 between Everett and Shoreline will get an additional 28 trips a day.

From a Community Transit News Release.

The Swift Blue Line, Community Transit’s highest ridership route, will see a 20 percent increase in weekday service starting Monday, September 24, 2018.

The bus rapid transit line that runs on Highway 99 between Everett and Shoreline will get an additional 28 trips a day.

Swift Blue Line buses will run every ten minutes between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm weekdays, and every twenty minutes early mornings, nights and weekends. More than 1.7 million riders boarded the Blue Line last year, nearly four times the ridership of any other single Community Transit route.

Swift service is one part of an ongoing expansion of Community Transit service. New changes go into effect on Sunday, September 23rd; weekday changes will start the following day. On October 1st, a new fare change will go into effect raising local bus and DART paratransit fares by 25 cents.

Details on the service changes and new trip times are available at www.communitytransit.org/NewService. In addition to all the changes listed, many individual trip times are changing, so riders should check their schedules before September 23rd.

There are several ways riders can get new service information:

  • New bus schedules are available online.
  • The online Trip Planner has data to plan trips after September 23.
  • New Bus Plus schedule books are on buses and at transit information distribution outlets this week.
  • New Bus Plus book is available online as a downloadable PDF.

Riders can also ask questions about service or fare changes via live webcast at noon September 18 on the agency’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CommunityTransit.

Service changes

Swift Blue Line (Everett-Shoreline) – Effective September 24

  • On Monday-Friday, the Swift Blue Line will operate service every 10 minutes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Buses will continue to run every 20 minutes early mornings, nights and weekends.
  • The change to a bus every 10 minutes from every 12 minutes increases service by 20 percent and improves routes connections.
  • A new early morning weekday trip in each direction will be added starting at approximately 4:20 a.m. No changes to weekend schedules.

Route 109 (Ash Way-Lake Stevens) – Effective September 23

  • Route 109 will be modified to serve residents and businesses along 20th Street and 99th Avenue in Lake Stevens.
  • Buses will no longer travel on Hwy 9 between 20th Street and the Lake Stevens Transit Center.

Route 113 (Mukilteo-Lynnwood) – Effective September 24

  • Weekday northbound trips will start 5 minutes earlier to accommodate long-term construction reroute.

Route 120 (Canyon Park-Edmonds CC) – Effective September 24

  • Three weekday trips will be added to Route 120 to provide a bus every 30 minutes from the start of service until 6 p.m. in both directions.

Route 196 (Edmonds-Ash Way) – Effective September 23

  • Route 196 will be modified to serve the Lynnwood Transit Center.
  • Buses will travel off 196th Street between 44th and 48th avenues.
  • Route 196 will no longer serve the eastbound bus stop at 196th & 48th (#2974).

Route 196 will serve these additional stops:

  • Southbound 48th & 196th (#1156).
  • Northbound 48th & 200th (#2171).
  • Lynnwood Transit Center Bay B5 (#2108) to Ash Way.
  • Lynnwood Transit Center Bay C1 (#2109) to Edmonds.
  • One new stop in each direction at 44th & 198th.
  • This change will greatly improve transit connections and provide more local bus service to the transit center.

Route 413 (Lynnwood-Seattle) – Effective September 24

  • Thirteen new midday and later evening trips will be added to Route 413 to provide a greater span of commuter service to and from Seattle.
  • The change will provide more flexibility for Seattle commuters and encourage people to use the under-utilized Swamp Creek Park & Ride in north Lynnwood.
  • Riders will also have the opportunity to ride the agency’s signature Double Tall buses in the midday, expanding the opportunity for recreational trips to and from Seattle in off hours.

Sound Transit Routes 510/511/513 – Effective September 24

  • To improve schedule reliability on weekday trips out of Seattle, there will be two Route 510 and one Route 513 afternoon trips eliminated and one Route 511 afternoon trip added.

Community Transit is responsible for providing bus and paratransit service, vanpool and alternative commute options in Snohomish County. The agency is building a network of Swift bus rapid transit lines with Swift Blue Line along Highway 99 and the Swift Green Line between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field coming in 2019.

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