Community Transit



About Swift

Swift is Washington State’s first bus rapid transit line. It 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.

Community Transit is developing plans for a second Swift line that would serve a 12.5-mile route between Paine Field/Boeing and Canyon Park/Bothell.

Since launching our first bus rapid transit line in November 2009, Swift has become Community Transit’s highest ridership route, thanks to the following features:

No need for a schedule
  • Swift operates every 12 minutes weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Swift operates every 20 minutes weekdays from 5-6 a.m., weeknights and on weekends.
  • The last bus leaves each terminal at 10 p.m., Mon.-Sat., and 8:20 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Swift buses stop at each station, like a train. No need to pull a cord.
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.
  • Riders can pay fare by tapping an ORCA card at the station, or with cash by buying a ticket. There are no fareboxes on Swift buses.
  • This video shows how to buy a Swift ticket.
Fast boarding
  • Swift buses have three doors and you can enter at any one.
  • Wheelchairs and mobility devices should board at the front door, where a ramp can be deployed.
  • 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!
High tech, high speed
  • ORCA smart card readers and ticket vending machines at each station make paying your fare fast and easy.
  • For most of the route, Swift buses get signal priority and dedicated lanes to keep them on time.
  • Automatic announcements (audio and visual) let you know which station you are at, and which station is coming up next.
  • A queue-jump signal at 148th Street where the northbound transit lane ends allows Swift buses to merge into the general lanes before other cars.
Accessible for All

Swift 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 or mobility devices enter at the front door and have an option to use a passive restraint system that doesn’t require coach operator assistance. Standard restraint areas are also available.

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.