Community Transit


Environmental Commitment

Doing things the environmentally friendly way has always been part of Community Transit operations; Environmental Stewardship is one of our agency’s Core Values.

Here are just a few of the ways Community Transit (and our riders) live Earth Day, every day:

  • Each weekday, about 36,200 transit riders remove vehicles from the roads we all use
  • Switching to transit can reduce your daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than two tons a year.
  • Using transit instead of your vehicle is the best way to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Our fleet of Double Tall double-decker buses eases congestion, carrying more passengers in less road space
  • Commerce moves more efficiently along Hwy 99 as a result of our Swift bus rapid transit service, a cleaner hybrid vehicle on our highest ridership route
  • Community Transit vanpools tranport about 3,700 riders each weekday to and from work, keeping additional vehicles off the road
  • Mountlake Terrace and Smokey Point transit centers feature recycled building materials and native plant use to reduce stormwater runoff. Mountlake Terrace uses solar panels to offset the energy used to operate its lighting.

Your personal choices do make a difference. Community Transit, in turn, has done much to ensure that our buses, vans and operations make as little impact on the environment as possible.

Community Transit’s environmental accomplishments:
  • Reduced hazardous waste generation from 40,000 pounds per year to 360 pounds
  • Established an extensive recycling program, including steel and concrete recycling for construction of the Mountlake Terrace parking garage and Smokey Point Transit Center
  • Improved spill response program, reducing total clean-up time by 75 percent
  • Purchased a closed system for cleaning particulate traps that fit over the exhaust pipe on our buses, enabling traps to be reused; one of the first such systems in the country
  • Recycle bus wash water, saving 12.8 million gallons of fresh water each year, and reducing the load for wastewater utility. The environment wins twice!
  • Using compost leaf filters to treat stormwater runoff, protecting local streams and Puget Sound; the first organization in Washington to initiate
  • Operate one of the country’s largest vanpool programs - a 74 percent annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for those riders
  • Use hybrid vehicles for support staff, and hybrid buses for Swift bus rapid transit, saving fuel and reducing dependence on fossil fuels
  • Employed solar panels and energy-efficient lighting at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

Community Transit joined with the Federal Transit Administration and nine other transit agencies from across the country to develop and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS). EMS is a way of reducing our impact on the environment using the “plan, do, check, act” model for our operational processes and the products we use. See our agency's Environmental Policy Statement.

EMS allows us to:

   1. Analyze our impact on the environment

   2. Establish programs for reducing negative environmental effects

   3. Monitor progress towards these goals

The end result is greater efficiency and control, as well as a better environment. What have we accomplished? Cleaner air, cleaner water, less waste and more energy efficiency!