Community Transit


Transportation Development Plan

Transit Development Plan 2015 – 2020

Each year, Community Transit updates its six-year Transit Development Plan, which forecasts the agency's financial picture six years out and outlines services the agency can provide.

The Board of Directors approved the Transit Development Plan 2015-2020 (PDF) on May 7, 2015.

Transit Development Plan Draft Highlights

This year’s updated plan confirms the forecast for moderate service growth over the next six years, but also draws attention to the widening gap between transit service needs and actual service on the road.

As popularity grows for transit service, the agency has made plans to improve service and infrastructure:

  • The agency plans to implement 67,000 hours of new bus service over the next six years, 27,000 of which will be added in June 2015. About 8,000 new hours of service will be added each year between 2016-20.
  • Community Transit is awaiting state approval to fund the Seaway Transit Center near Paine Field, which would consolidate Community, Everett and Metro Transit buses serving Boeing and other nearby businesses. This transit center would also serve as the northern terminal for a second Swift Bus Rapid Transit line, which is in the planning stages.
  • State funding is also anticipated for a Mukilteo Park & Ride, which would provide 200 spaces for UW and Seattle transit commuters. This is a joint project with Snohomish County, Paine Field and the City of Mukilteo.
New funding is needed in order to increase bus service

Planned service increases fall far short of demand for transit service, and represent less than half the service that was cut during the recession. The state legislature is considering bills that would allow Community Transit to seek increased local funding through a public vote. New funding could pay for:

  • A second Swift line connecting Boeing/Paine Field and Canyon Park.
  • More trips serving Seattle and the University District.
  • Better connections for east Snohomish County and Highway 9.
  • Faster and more frequent trips to job centers in Snohomish County.
  • Late night trips to bring night shift workers home.

Meanwhile, the TDP points out that Community Transit must continue to invest in existing infrastructure to maintain quality service. This includes:

  • Regular replacement of aging vehicles.
  • Expanding the fleet by 15 buses and 20 vanpools.
  • Preservation and replacement of aging facilities, vehicles and technology, including upgrades to the radio communications system and ORCA fare payment system.
  • Controlling cost growth to sustain service and jobs.
  • Continued implementation and use of Transit Technologies to improve customer information, operations and efficiency of service.

Community Transit's six-year Transit Development Plan is updated annually. Updates provide a refreshed six-year forecast of agency financials, service levels and capital projects.