Bus

Community Transit set to launch BRT service

Posted on November 25, 2009

[IMAGE]Swift-station-people-full.jpg[/IMAGE]On Sunday, Nov. 29, Snohomish County, Wash.-based Community Transit will host a public celebration to launch Swift into service. The party will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crossroads Swift Station at Highway 99 and 196th Street in Lynnwood. The first Swift buses will begin service after the event, with free rides until midnight.

Swift will begin its regular weekday service at 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

“Transit service will be a little more exciting and a lot quicker with Swift,” said Community Transit CEO Joyce Eleanor. “From the distinctive hybrid Swift buses to the easily identifiable stations to the idea of off board fare collection, Swift brings a new experience to the state.”

About 100 transit fans will take the official inaugural rides on Swift buses from the Aurora Village Transit Center to the Swift launch celebration on Sunday.

The family event will include carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth, live music and Community Transit’s super hero, Oxy Gene. Two Swift buses will be on hand for people to tour.

Swift will operate on a 17-mile corridor in Snohomish County between Everett Station and the Aurora Village Transit Center in Shoreline, primarily along Highway 99. Buses will run every 10 minutes weekdays and every 20 minutes at night and on weekends. Swift service runs until midnight seven nights a week.

Swift will stop at just 12 stations in each direction and riders will pay their fare at the stations, using ticket vending machines or ORCA smart cards. Onboard bike racks, transit signal priority to extend a green light and transit access lanes in south Snohomish County are additional features to keep Swift buses moving.

Community Transit staff will be at each Swift station throughout the first few days of service to answer questions. Getting riders used to paying fares at the station, not onboard the bus, is expected to be the biggest challenge.

“Riders must remember to pay their fare as soon as they get to the Swift station because the bus will not be stopped for long,” said Eleanor. “This is very different from the current way people ride buses, but it is essential to keep this service swift. If people use an ORCA card, it will be even easier.”

Earlier this year Community Transit adopted a fare enforcement policy that allows for citations up to $124 for people caught riding buses without paying their fare. On Swift, riders will randomly be asked to show their proof of fare payment.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Connect Transit replaces portion of fleet with New Flyer buses

The conversion is funded through a $3.3 million grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

New Flyer opens innovation lab for advanced bus technology

The Vehicle Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art manufacturing lab, featuring virtual reality learning spaces, driving simulators, and other interactive exhibits.

Grande West, Alliance Bus Group land 100 Vicinity bus order

Grande West’s total firm orders for 2017/2018 delivery are for over 350 buses valued at over $130 million.

Scully named ‘Outstanding’ Business Member

The award recognizes service to the organization, and particularly in Scully’s case, legislative advocacy on behalf of North American mass transit.

MCI unveils D45 CRT LE coach at APTA EXPO

Deliveries of the Buy-America compliant, Altoona-tested clean-diesel coach are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018. An all-electric version is also in development and will be released in 2020.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close