Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 20 Service Changes

Community Transit's next service change takes effect March 20, with the opening of the new Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station. This stop in the median of I-5 will allow commuter buses to serve the transit center without the hassle of offramps and traffic signals.

Sound Transit will begin service to Mountlake Terrace as Routes 511 and 513 will begin stopping at the freeway station. Community Transit will reconfigure some routes, eliminating two commuter routes and serving the freeway station with existing commuter service. This will save Community Transit money while at the same time dramatically increase the number of daily trips to and from Seattle serving Mountlake Terrace.

Staff are out and about the next two weeks letting customers know about the upcoming service change. Details can be found on our website or on Bus Plus schedule books, which have just made it onboard buses. Only a few routes have actual changes, so it's possible you may not need a new book. Those who are picking up new books are encouraged to hold on to that same book until February 2012 to help keep costs down.

Yesterday, staff were onboard Route 477 morning trips to let riders know that route is being canceled and new Route 111 will serve the Brier-MLT loop.

Thursday, March 10, staff will be at the Ash Way Park & Ride in the early morning to talk about Routes 413 and 415 stopping at MLT for the first time.

Thursday, March 17, staff will be at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center in the morning discussing changes to service. At noon that day, Sound Transit will hold a grand opening for the new freeway station.

Finally, Community Transit staff will be at the transit center on Monday, March 21 as most of the new service changes take effect.

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