Community Transit is now taking comment on proposed changes that would take effect in February 2013. The changes continue to adjust the service network that was restructured in February 2012, plus there are additional commuter trips thanks to federal and state funding.
Details of the proposal are on the Community Transit website. In a nutshell, Route 112 will serve the Lynnwood Transit Center, Route 417 will move off 44th Ave W and travel on I-5 to 196th Street, and Route 885 will be eliminated, with all three of those trips converted to Route 880.
Thanks to a federal CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) grant, and a new state transit fund, Community Transit will add 30 commuter trips between south Snohomish County and downtown Seattle and UW. The trips have not yet been determined, but they will be placed where passenger demand is highest, some in the a.m., some in the p.m. While the agency had not anticipated adding service because of the slow economic recovery, there is no local money being spent for these trips. The CMAQ grant is for three years; it is hoped that in that time sales tax revenues will have rebounded enough so this service can be funded by local revenue.
Public comment on these changes is being taken through Sept. 7. The Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at 7100 Hardeson Rd in Everett.