Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Expanded Service Makes It Easier To Try Transit

Dump the Pump Day is June 15

Thursday, June 15 is the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day. This was an event created back in 2005 when gas prices were very volatile, even approaching $5 a gallon in some parts of the country.

Community Transit has participated every year, encouraging Snohomish County residents to leave their cars behind and try using transit on this day. That was a hard sell for us after 2010 when service was cut.

For several years as our service hours dwindled, our buses were overcrowded and schedule performance was spotty following massive layoffs at our company.

This year, we take pride in inviting everyone to try transit! Thanks to county residents, our service is expanding. Last year we added two new core routes connecting Ash Way with Mill Creek and Snohomish, and Lake Stevens with Marysville and Quil Ceda.

This fall we’ll be adding a new route between Lynnwood Transit Center and Boeing, and extending Route 105 during peak hours to establish service on the future Swift Green Line corridor.

We haven’t just created new routes, we’ve been adding more trips. New Sunday trips, new late-night trips and new Seattle/UW trips are coming in September. Even more opportunities to dump the pump.

Why transit? It can save you time, headaches and money. It takes more vehicles off the road, easing traffic. It’s good for the environment and the air we all breathe.

And, it’s a whole different perspective walking our sidewalks and watching the traffic go by from a second-deck window on our Double Tall buses. Try it and let us know what you think!