Jul 27, 2016
Starting Monday, August 1 (and for the next two months) Sound Transit will be repainting the passenger bays at Lynnwood Transit Center. The A Bays will be the first to b...
Jul 25, 2016
Downtown Seattle Paving Work Closing Portions of S. Washington St. Through Friday, July 29 Update [Tuesday, July 26] Commuter Service reroutes that began today due to pav...
Jul 24, 2016
When buses are rerouted due to construction, or when there are major delays to our service, Community Transit sends out electronic alerts. You can sign up for e-alerts by te...
Jul 20, 2016
A parking lot restriping project is taking place at Lynnwood Transit Center the last three weekends in July. July 16-17: Lot A (just south of the bus bays) was repainted. ...
May 17, 2016
18-Month Yesler Bridge Project Begins Monday, May 23: Be Prepared for Reroutes and Stop Closures Starting Monday, May 23, two stops ...
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There are now 23 Double Tall double decker buses specially built for Community Transit operating on Snohomish County roads.
Another 17 Double Talls are on order and will be replacing the oldest articulated buses in our commuter fleet in 2015.
Beyond that, another five expansion Double Talls are on the way to add more seats to many of our 400-series routes serving trips to downtown Seattle. That's a total of 45 Double Talls -- the second largest fleet of double deckers in the U.S.!
The current fleet of double decker buses are 42 feet long and 14 feet tall. They seat 77 passengers – 49 upstairs, 28 downstairs – plus have designated standing room. At times, there are more than 100 riders on a single Double Tall!
Compared to the 60-foot, 60-seat buses they replaced, Double Talls seat more passengers in less road space, easing crowding on popular commuter routes as well as on Seattle streets and at Community Transit’s Kasch Park base in Everett.
A mix of federal and state funding has paid for most of the cost of these buses. Because of their ability to ease congestion on I-5 between Snohomish County and Seattle, Double Talls score well in Washington Regional Mobility Grant funding competitions.
The Double Tall buses require less maintenance (since there’s no joint in the middle) and use less fuel than the articulated buses, and they handle better in snowy road conditions when articulated buses are usually removed from service.
The Double Talls are made by Alexander Dennis Ltd., the same company that makes the famous London double deckers. Community Transit’s decision to buy these buses required the Scotland-based bus manufacturer to contract with a plant in the United States so the buses could meet federal Buy America standards, a requirement for the federal money which helped pay for the buses.