I work in Communications for Community Transit, but I am also a bus rider. The current service change plan proposes to cut one of the routes I take every week: Route 207.
Change is a theme in transit, as in life. This won’t be the first time a route I ride has been cut. In 2000, after Community Transit lost car tab money from the state, “my” Route 250 between Marysville and Lynnwood was eliminated. I call it “my” route because a lot of us get possessive about our service and take it personally when things change. I also call it “mine” because I was often the only one on the relatively new bus route for its entire length. I saw that cut coming, and as a taxpayer, I couldn’t complain.
With the change, I switched to taking a combination of Routes 210 and 610 to work once or twice a week. It took a lot of travel time, but I did read “Moby Dick” along the way. Then in 2003, Community Transit restructured service in Everett, and the 210 became the 200, 201 and 202.
That 201 between Lynnwood, Everett and Marysville is sort of proof that sometimes a little change or a little time can make all the difference in the success of a route. The service planners who had tried and failed with “my” Route 250 hit a homerun with Route 201, which is now one of our top five ridership routes.
With the public comment period still open (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the board yet to make a decision, we don’t know for sure what Community Transit routes will change this June. But change must happen, to balance our budget and in the long run, to continue to provide Snohomish County with the best transportation options possible.