Swift Bus Rapid Transit

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Community Transit Swift logo.svg
SWIFT bus.jpg
A Swift BRT bus
Locale SR-99, Snohomish County
Transit type Bus Rapid Transit
Number of stations 28
Website Swift
Began operation 2009
Operator(s) Community Transit
Number of vehicles 15 New Flyer DE60LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses
System map
Amtrak to Portland/Seattle
Sounder to Seattle
Everett Station
Amtrak to Vancouver, BC/Chicago
Wetmore Avenue
Colby Avenue
40th Street
41st Street
50th Street
Pecks Drive
Madison Street
Washington State Route 526
Casino Road
4th Avenue
112th Street
Airport Road
Lincoln Way
Washington State Route 525
148th Street
International (174th Street)
Cherry Hill (176th Street)
Crossroads (196th Street)
Heron (200th Street)
Gateway (216th Street)
216th Street
238th Street
Washington State Route 104
Aurora Village Transit Center
RapidRide E Line to Downtown Seattle

Swift Bus Rapid Transit is a bus rapid transit system in Snohomish County, Washington, that is operated by Community Transit. The line extends from Everett Station to the Aurora Village Transit Center and opened on 29 November 2009 at a cost of about $29 million.[1][2]

Swift ridership climbed during the first three months of service. Weekday boardings were 1,699 per day in December 2009, 2,367 in January 2010, and 2,660 in February 2010.[3]


Swift BRT has begun service with a 16.7-mile line that travels north on SR 99 from the Aurora Village Transit Center, ending at Everett Station. The route utilizes 7 miles of transit only lanes, and 10 miles where buses have signal priority at intersections. It replaced the old Community Transit route 100 in 2009. Service runs every 12 minutes on weekdays from 6am to 7pm and every 20 minutes in the evening and on Saturdays. There are 12 station pairs and one 1 southbound-only "opportunity" - along the route, serving the cities of Shoreline, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, and Everett.

Equipment and stations[edit]

Crossroads station at night, showing the distinctive lit beacon and the yellow and black textured strip

The buses and stations used by Swift have many bus rapid transit features.

The 15 vehicles are 62-foot articulated buses with roomier seating for 43 persons. Including standing passengers, the buses can transport 100 people each.[2] The buses have three doors and passengers can get on or off at any door. Wheelchairs board at the front door and are secured via a passive restraint system that doesn't require the driver to help; bicycles board at the rear door, and are stowed in bike racks just inside. The buses have especially low floors, which combined with raised curbs at stations makes near level boarding. This is especially useful for speeding up wheelchair access.

Larger than a standard bus shelter, Swift stations are designed to appear more like miniature light rail stations. Stations are identified by a roadside marker and have ample lighting, translucent, graffiti-resistant weather barriers, and a real-time monitor to let waiting passengers know when the next bus will arrive. Frequent visits are made by transit police as well as regular upkeep of the facility. All passengers pay their fares before boarding. Passengers without transit passes need to buy a ticket at a vending machine located at the station. The combination of off-board fare collection, three door loading, and level boarding onto the buses results in faster boarding and less time spent at each stop. Buses only stop at Swift stations, and stations are located about a mile apart.

The BRT features of the route along with avoiding a transfer from Community Transit to Everett Transit to complete travel to Everett Station shorten time spent on an end-to-end trip in the corridor by about 30%.[4]

Station listing[edit]

Name City Location Connections
Swift BRT (Everett Station - Aurora Village Transit Center)
Everett Station Everett 33rd St. and McDougall Ave. Community Transit: 201, 202, 270, 275, 277, 280
Everett Transit: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 29, 701
Island Transit: 412
Skagit Transit: 90X
ST Express: 510, 512, 532
Northwest Trailways
Sounder Commuter Rail
Wetmore/Colby Ave Everett Wetmore Ave. and Pacific Ave. Everett Transit: 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, 18, 29
ST Express: 510
40th/41st Street Everett Rucker Ave. and 41st St. S.E. Everett Transit: 3, 7, 18
50th Street Everett Evergreen Way and 50th St. S.E. Everett Transit: 7
Madison Street/Pecks Dr Everett Evergreen Way and Madison Street (northbound)
Pecks Drive (southbound)
Everett Transit: 7, 8
Casino Road Everett Evergreen Way and Casino Road Everett Transit: 3, 7, 8, 12
4th Ave. W. Everett Evergreen Way and 4th Ave. W. Everett Transit: 7, 8
112th Street Everett Highway 99 and 112th St. S.W. Everett Transit: 2, 8
Airport Road Everett Highway 99/Evergreen Way
and Airport Road
Community Transit: 101
Everett Transit: 2, 8
Lincoln Way Lynnwood Highway 99 and 148th St. S.W. Community Transit: 101
148th Street Lynnwood Highway 99 and 148th St. S.W. Community Transit: 101, 113, 119, 415, 417, 880, 885
International/Cherry Hill Lynnwood Highway 99 and 176th St. S.W. Community Transit: 101, 112
Crossroads/Heron Lynnwood Highway 99 and 216th St. S.W. Community Transit: 101, 115, 116, 196
Gateway/216th Street Edmonds Highway 99 and 216th St. S.W. Community Transit: 101, 110, 119, 405, 871
238th Street Edmonds Highway 99 and 238th St. S.W. Community Transit: 101, 115, 416
Aurora Village
Transit Center
Shoreline N. 200th St. and Ashworth Ave. N. Community Transit: 101, 115, 130
King County Metro Transit: 301, 303, 331, 342, 346, 373
RapidRide E Line
End of line


  1. ^ Community Transit: Swift Bus Rapid Transit
  2. ^ a b "Community Transit debuts 'Swift' line", by Scott Gutierrez, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Nov. 25,2009, accessed Nov. 26, 2009
  3. ^ "Swift, vanpool ridership rise as overall ridership falls", Community Transit Blog, March 10, 2010
  4. ^ [1] and [3]