With the great success of Swift, plans are underway for a second Swift line, tentatively called Swift II. Other lines will be considered as individual projects because we simply don’t have the resources to tackle them all at once. In some cases, like Highway 9, the corridors themselves are not ready for such high-volume transit service.
A corridor study was conducted over the past year to sketch out a Swift line that would run between the Boeing-Everett plant and Canyon Park. The study determined this line could start out carrying 3,300 riders a day and complete the 12.5-mile trip in about 40 minutes.
This route was selected in part because:
- Some of the infrastructure already exists (transit lanes and transit signal priority on 128th/Airport Road).
- The Mill Creek portion of the route has robust transit ridership.
- This line would intersect with the existing Swift line at Highway 99 & Airport Road, establishing a network.
Preliminary Swift II route
|Preliminary Swift II route|
- Complete federal requirements for Small Starts capital funding (stations and buses), including an environmental impact analysis.
- Develop plans for a northern terminal near Boeing (dubbed the "Seaway Transit Center").
- Work with the state to develop traffic efficiency improvements across I-5 at 128th Street (already a major congestion point).
- Continue to work with partner cities on infrastructure improvements along route, including transit signal priority.
- Get new funding to pay for Swift II operation (possible new taxes).
Looking ahead, Community Transit would like to begin planning studies on future Swift lines as this project is underway. Ideally, that could lead to a Swift line opening every few years until the network is built out.
That scenario would rely on the agency getting a successful federal grant for Swift II (giving us the track record and experience in winning these grants), and securing a long-term increase in transit operation funding. Such funding would not be just to build more Swift lines, but to improve transit service throughout the county.