Community Transit

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Slogan smile & ride
Founded October 4, 1976[1]
Headquarters 7100 Hardeson Road,
Everett, WA[2]
Locale Puget Sound region
Service area Snohomish County, Washington
Service type Bus
Alliance Sound Transit
Routes 55
Local: 28
Commuter: 16 (not including five Sound Transit ST Express routes CT is contracted)[1]
Stops 2,100+[1]
Stations 2 (Lynnwood Transit Center, Everett Station)
Fleet 269 buses (excluding ST Express buses), 358 vanpool vans[1]
Fuel type (Buses) Ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel; some diesel-electric hybrids
Operator Snohomish County, Washington; Commuter routes in conjunction with Sound Transit
Chief executive Joyce Eleanor[3]

Community Transit is the main public transit authority of Snohomish County, Washington (with the exception of the City of Everett, which operates its own transit service). It operates buses within Snohomish County and to downtown Seattle, the University of Washington, and Seattle's Eastside suburbs in King County.


Community Transit service began October 4, 1976. The original member cities were Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Woodway, Marysville, and Snohomish. Monroe and Lake Stevens joined the system in 1977, and two years later they were joined by Stanwood, Granite Falls, Mukilteo, and Sultan. Arlington joined in 1980, and was followed by Gold Bar, Index, and Startup in 1981. Oso and Darrington joined in 1982, Mill Creek joined in 1983. The most recent to join was Bothell, in 1992. The only city in the county that maintains its own transit system is Everett, the county seat (Everett Transit), though Community Transit does run some buses there.


Community Transit currently operates local and commuter bus routes, vanpools, and paratransit services.

Bus service[edit]

Refer to the List of Community Transit Bus Routes

Community Transit implemented a major service change and 15 percent service cut in June 2010 to deal with increasing budget problems. The change included a reduction or cancellation of service on many lines and the suspension of all Sunday and Holiday Service. The agency implemented an additional 20 percent service cut in February 2012, which included major changes to the local route network and reduction of downtown Seattle commuter service.[4]

Local bus routes[edit]

As of 2010, Community Transit operates 28 routes in Snohomish County.[1] These routes, covering a service area of 3,367 square kilometers (1,300 sq mi)[1] serve most communities within the county, with the exception of certain smaller communities on U.S. Highway 2 east of Gold Bar.

A Community Transit bus stop in Lynnwood, WA

The vast majority of routes operate from the early morning hours until the evening, with reduced schedules on weekends and holidays. Certain routes, such as routes that travel to Boeing's Everett facility, operate only in a peak direction and/or only at certain times (to Boeing in the morning, away from Boeing in the afternoon), while other routes can have variations depending on the time of day. Usually, but not always, these 'alternate' routes have a distinct route number to help commuters differentiate (e.g., the 200/201/202 route, which takes one of three paths at different times of day[5]). However, some routes, like the 280 route which serves Granite Falls, simply add on extra sections at various times of day without changing the route number.[6] This is usually the case when the additional routing would not otherwise interfere with the normal route.

Commuter bus routes[edit]

In addition to local service, Community Transit also operates 31 commuter routes in conjunction with Sound Transit.[1] Most of these routes operate in a peak-flow capacity, taking passengers from various communities to Seattle, Bellevue, or the University District (University of Washington) in the morning hours and bringing them back in the afternoon and evening. A few routes, under the direction of Sound Transit, provide round trip service throughout the day to major destinations in the county, such as Everett or Lynnwood. Most commuter buses serve one of the 20 park and ride lots within the county as well as limited stops within the communities they originate from.

Bus Rapid Transit[edit]

Community Transit operates a Bus Rapid Transit line called Swift along Highway 99 between Aurora Village Transit Center and Everett Station. Swift opened on November 29, 2009 and operates every 12 to 20 minutes between 5 a.m. and 9:40 p.m. Monday through Friday and every 20 minutes between 6 a.m. and 9:40 p.m. Saturdays.

Vanpool services[edit]

Community Transit also provides vanpool service. These allow for more flexibility than traditional fixed-bus routes in that the riders—who also take turns driving the van—decide their own routing, thus allowing non-traditional commuters, including those without access to fixed routes or those whose transport needs are not met by fixed routes, to still utilize transit services. In exchange for a monthly fee that varies depending on mileage and size of van, Community Transit provides the vehicle, maintenance, fuel, insurance, and other miscellaneous needs.[7] With 333 vans as of August 2007, the vanpool service is the third largest in the United States.[8]

Paratransit services[edit]

Community Transit also provides paratransit services for those who live within a three-quarters of a mile of a local fixed-bus route. This service, called DART or Dial-A-Ride Transportation, provides those with conditions that prevent normal bus usage to reach their destinations.[9]

Current Bus Fleet[edit]

Order Year Builder Model Picture Engine/Transmission Fleet Series/(Qty.)
1996 NFI D30LF Community Transit NFI D30LF.jpg 7600-7623


1997 NFI D30LF


  • Detroit Diesel Series 40
    • Allison B300R
1998 NFI D40LF


1998 NFI D60LF
  • Detroit Diesel 50
    • Allison B500R
1999 NFI D40LF
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
    • Allison B400R
2000 NFI D60LF
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60
    • Allison B500R
2003 NFI D60LF
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
    • Allison B500R
2004 NFI D40i Community Transit New Flyer D40i Invero.png 24400-24420
2005 NFI D60LF 25800-25815
2005 NFI D40i
  • Cummins ISL
    • Allison B400R
2007 NFI D60LF
  • Caterpillar C9
    • Allison B500R
2011 ADI Enviro 500 Community Transit Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (10807) on Stewart Street 2011-03-31.jpg
    • Allison B500R
2008 NFI D40LFR
  • Cummins ISL
    • Allison B400R
2009 NFI DE60LFA[10] SWIFT bus.jpg
  • Cummins ISL9
2011 NFI XD40
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R IV
2011 NFI XDE40 11109-11123
  • Cummins ISL9
    • B300R

! 2013 | Gillig | 30ft ! |13600-13611

The "Double Tall"[edit]

Community Transit Alexander Dennis Enviro500

Community Transit put a double-decker bus into service on August 1, 2007. An Alexander Dennis Enviro500 manufactured by Alexander Dennis Limited, it was used on commuter routes between Seattle and various points in Snohomish County during its first year in operation.[11] Community Transit is one of four transit agencies that operate double-decker buses in the United States for non-sightseeing purposes, the others being Unitrans of Davis, California, Citizens Area Transit of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Antelope Valley Transit Authority of Antelope Valley, California.

Community Transit currently operates 23 of these buses on various Snohomish County-downtown Seattle commuter routes, with the purpose to reduce congestion within the Snohomish County-Seattle Interstate 5 corridor. The first of these 23 were originally scheduled to arrive in 2010.[12] However, attempts to meet federal "Buy America" requirements caused some delays,[13] and the buses were not put into service until 2011.[14]

The double-decker bus' nickname, the "Double Tall", refers to the fact that it has two floors, hence it is twice the height of the other buses, as well as the fact that Community Transit reaches into Seattle, hometown of Starbucks Coffee, whose beverage sizes include Double Tall.


(as of February 1, 2013; does not include Sound Transit fares)[15]

Fare Type Adult1 Youth2 Senior3/Disabled4
Local (bus rides within Snohomish County5) $2.00 $1.50 $1.00
Sound Transit One-Zone Fare (bus rides in Snohomish County)8 $2.50 $1.20 $0.75
South Snohomish County Commuter6 $4.00 $3.00 $2.00
North Snohomish County Commuter7 $5.25 $4.00 $2.50
ST Express between Snohomish County and King County (inter-county fare zone)8 $3.50 $2.50 $1.50
DART paratransit $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
  • 1Bus riders aged 19–64.
  • 2Child bus riders aged 6–18. Children 5 and younger ride free with accompanying adult.
  • 3Bus riders aged 65 and over.
  • 4Must show a Regional Reduced Fare Permit, available for a one-time fee of $3 and open to senior and disabled bus riders; otherwise passenger must pay at regular rate, depending on age of rider.
  • 5Local fares apply on all trips within Snohomish County, even if the trip is in a commuter bus route (400- and 800-series routes). Note that the local fares are not equivalent to Sound Transit's one-zone fare.
  • 6All commuter routes (inter-county trips to/from Seattle) except routes 421, 422, 424, 425 and 821 (due to distance between Seattle and cities in the routes) and routes 510, 511, 513, 532 and 535 (route structure is a fare zone system, which is different from CT's).
  • 7Commuter routes 421, 422, 424, 425 and 821.
  • 8Sound Transit Express routes 510, 511, 512, 513, 532 and 535.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "About Community Transit". 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us". 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2006. 
  3. ^ Joyce Eleanor (2008). "Message from the CEO". Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ "2012 System Change". 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ Community Transit: Route Schedules > Schedules & Maps
  6. ^ Community Transit: Route Schedules > Schedules & Maps
  7. ^ "Vanpool Services". 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Washington State Transit Association Short Profile". 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2007. 
  9. ^ "DART Service". 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2007. 
  10. ^ "DE60LFA back end on Flickr - Photo Sharing!" (image). November 30, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Double Decker Bus". 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Make That 23 Double Talls, Please: Community Transit Orders 23 Additional Double-Decker Buses". 
  13. ^ "Where Are Those Double Talls?". 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Projects:The Double Tall". Community Transit. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
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