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Bus Rapid Transit

Swift bus rapid transit is a different way to ride the bus.

Swift serves a 17-mile route between Everett and Shoreline and is designed to move people quickly, whether you are traveling from Everett to Lynnwood, Edmonds to Shoreline or anywhere in between.

This fast, frequent and convenient service offers several features that make Swift Community Transit’s highest ridership route.

  • No need for a schedule Swift operates every 12 minutes weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and every 20 minutes weekdays from 5-6 a.m., weeknights and on Saturdays. The last bus leaves each terminal at 10 p.m. Buses do not run on Sundays or major holidays.
  • Pay fares first – Riders pay their fares at the station while waiting for the bus, then board at any door when the bus arrives. Fares for Swift are the same as local service.
  • Fast boarding Swift buses have three doors and you can enter at any one. Bicycles can be rolled onto bike racks located inside the back door. Swift buses are stopped at stations for only about 10 seconds, so get on or off the bus quickly!
  • AccessibilitySwift station platforms are higher than a standard curb and nearly even with the floor of the bus, making it easy to step aboard. People who use wheelchairs enter at the front door and have an option to use a passive restraint system that doesn’t require coach operator assistance.
  • High tech, high speedORCA smart card readers and ticket vending machines at each station make paying your fare fast and easy. For most of the route, buses get signal priority and dedicated lanes to keep them on schedule. Automatic announcements let you know which station you are at, and which station is coming up next. A queue-jump signal at 148th Street where the transit lane ends allows Swift buses to merge into the general lanes before other cars.

How to Ride Swift

Paying Your Fare
How to Buy a Ticket PDF

Each Swift station has two ticket vending machines near the information kiosk. You can use cash, Visa or MasterCard to purchase your Swift ticket. You can purchase a ticket for only one person at a time.

Cash-paying customers should bring exact change, as machines do not make change. Dollar bills need to be carefully fed into the machine at least half way (further than most vending machines). Only $1 bills are accepted since the machines do not make change.

Tickets are good for one ride on Swift and there are no transfers. The driver does not need to see your ticket, but riders must keep their ticket as proof of payment on Swift.
 

ORCA: The best way to pay for Swift is with an ORCA card. ORCA users simply tap their cards on one of the two ORCA readers at each Swift station to pay their fares before boarding. ORCA users get a two-hour window to take another bus or train while getting credit for the fare they’ve already paid.

ORCA users whose pass value is lower than the Swift fare and who do not have e-purse on their card will need to upgrade their fare at the ticket vending machine using cash or credit card. Riders who have an ORCA card set for Everett Transit fares will need to buy an upgrade ticket if they do not have e-purse value on their card.

At Swift stations, ORCA e-purse cannot be used to pay multiple fares.

Swift Ambassadors will be at stations and on board Swift buses to assist riders with any questions they have, and to randomly check for fare payment. A $124 citation may be written for those who fail to pay. Be prepared to show your ORCA card or Swift ticket upon request. Ambassadors and transit police have legal authority to ask for passenger identification (RCW 81.112.210).

Boarding

Swift buses stop at all stations. Be prepared to board or de-board immediately when the bus comes to a complete stop. To keep service swift, buses do not stay at stations for long. Most passengers can board at any of the three doors. Pavement markers indicate that passengers using mobility devices can board at the front door and passengers with bicycles can board at the rear door.

Once you board the bus, take your seat quickly, or grab a hand rail or strap if you choose to stand. The coach operator will not wait for passengers to be seated before leaving the station. Please do not block doorways or aisles.

Route

Click on a station to view a detailed Swift station map

Aurora Village Transit Center 238th St Gateway/216th St Heron/Crossroads ( 200th ) ( 196th St ) Cherry Hill / International ( 176th St ) ( 174th St ) 148th St Airport Rd 112th St 4th Ave Casino Rd Madison St/ Pecks St 50th St 40th St / 41st St Colby Ave / Wetmore Ave Everett Station

Swift serves a 17-mile stretch of the Highway 99/Evergreen Way/Rucker Avenue corridor between Shoreline and Everett.

Both Swift terminals are major transit hubs. At the south end, the Aurora Village Transit Center offers connections to Community Transit and King County Metro Transit buses that serve south Snohomish County, north King County and downtown Seattle.

At the north end, Everett Station offers connections to Community Transit, Everett Transit, Island Transit, Skagit Transit and Sound Transit buses, as well as Sounder and Amtrak trains and Greyhound commercial buses.

Local stops near Swift stations offer transfers to additional stops in the corridor as well as east-west service provided by Community Transit and Everett Transit.

Key destinations served by Swift include:

  • Snohomish County Campus - Downtown Everett
  • Everett Clinic – Gunderson Building
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Swedish/Edmonds Hospital

The Swift route uses transit signal priority (TSP), which can extend a green light a few seconds to keep late-running buses on time. There are seven miles of transit-only lanes in the corridor, and plans include further traffic improvements.

Accessibility

Back up to the padded backrest.

Priority for front seats on all buses is given to seniors and people with disabilities.

At Swift stations, pavement markers on the platform indicate that passengers using mobility devices should board at the front door, where a ramp can be deployed if needed. Most station platforms are just a few inches shorter than the floor of the bus, making it easy to step aboard  (Aurora Village is the only station without a raised platform).

With wider aisles and no farebox, it’s easy to get onto the bus and into a designated wheelchair position. The two wheelchair bays can either be used in the standard, front-facing position or in a rear-facing position that requires no assistance - simply back up to the padded backboard, set your brakes and pull down the armrest.

When you approach your station stop, use the call button located in the priority seating area to signal the coach operator that you will be deboarding. The operator can then deploy the ramp or allow extra time at the station as needed.

Bicycles

There are three bike racks located onboard all Swift buses. To load your bike, enter at the rear door and simply push your bike onto the rack in front of you. Make sure that your front wheel is centered and secure under the roller. Fold-up seats are located near the bike racks so you can keep an eye on your bike and be ready to deboard. To remove your bike, pull back firmly.

Racks fit standard bikes with wheels from 20 to 29 inches in diameter and tires up to 3 inches wide. Items that extend to the side or rear may need to be removed to keep the aisle clear and allow other bikes to be loaded.

If the rack is full but the bus is not, the coach operator has discretion to allow you to board and hold your bike securely. However, room for passengers and safety always take priority. If the vehicle is crowded, you may need to wait for the next bus.

Background

Swift Partnerships

Swift is a partnership between Snohomish County’s two local transit agencies: Community Transit and Everett Transit. Fifteen of the 28 Swift stations and more than half of all Swift passenger boardings are in Everett city limits.

Thanks to the innovative nature of bus rapid transit, both Community Transit and Everett Transit received competitive state and federal grants to fund most of Swift's capital costs (buses and stations).

Everett Transit also contributes operating funds for Swift. This support, plus state and federal grants and fares, pay for 90 percent of Swift's operating costs into 2013.