Thursday, October 13, 2016

Community Transit Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Last week marked Community Transit's 40th anniversary, and what a week of connection, community, and celebration it was!

Customer Appreciation Day: On Tuesday, October 4th, we celebrated the agency's 40th anniversary by honoring the people that make it possible to serve our community, our riders. Over 70 employees greeted early morning commuters at 20 different locations throughout Snohomish County with commemorative candy bars as a special thank you to our riders.

Community Transit Celebrates 40 Years of Service from Community Transit on Vimeo.

Employee Appreciation Day: On Wednesday, October 5th, Community Transit executives and managers thanked employees throughout the workday and coffee carts with treats were provided for employees to gather and share their excitement for the big week. Shifts at the agency start at 4 a.m. and run through 1 a.m. "We have the hardest working employees in the business," says Community Transit's CEO, Emmett Heath. "From our drivers and mechanics to our supervisors, planners and payroll staff, they are the key to the great service we bring our customers every day."

Board Meeting with Guest of Honor, Governor Jay Inslee: On Thursday, October 6th, following a regular board of directors meeting, Governor Jay Inslee was our guest of honor at a 40th anniversary reception. Past and present board members were joined by local community leaders and Community Transit employees. The agency presented Inslee with a plaque commemorating his contributions to the agency's success as a congressman and governor. In addition, former State Senator Gary Nelson recalled the early days of the agency. Nelson wrote the legislation creating Community Transit and all state Public Transportation Benefit Areas (PTBAs), and also served as a Community Transit board member from 1995-2007. The agency’s first Executive Director, Vic Sood, was also on hand, as was 20-year CEO Joyce Eleanor.

Governor Inslee spoke of being a Community Transit advocate in his moving tribute, "It is easy to advocate for this organization that's kind of the Boeing and Microsoft of the transit world because it's as innovative in its space, its sector, as Boeing and Microsoft are in theirs. The double-decker buses, the new lines, the kind of customer satisfaction that you have achieved, it's remarkable. It's homegrown innovation. We're the most innovative state in the country and that's been shown right here with what you've been able to do with Community Transit. It has been a joy to work with you to enable that."

Governor Jay Inslee Guest of Honor at Community Transit’s 40th Anniversary from Community Transit on Vimeo.

We look forward to serving our community with dedication and innovation for forty more years. Says Emmet Heath, "This generation is building something that will benefit the next one. We are laying the foundation for those that will come in the future." Our route ahead will include a network of Swift Bus Rapid Transit lines and expanding our overall service to connect communities in new and exciting ways.

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