Community Transit bus service in Shoreline cut and changed

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Swift bus runs north from Aurora Village
Bus Rapid Transit
Updated and corrected 2-22-2012 12:43am
See changes within paragraphs in bold.

By Brian Doennebrink

Starting Monday, February 20, Community Transit's bus service was reduced again, a continued response to revenues that continue to be flat. For bus riders in Shoreline, that translates into less-frequent service and a shorter span of service, but there are also some new wrinkles to learn.

Swift rapid transit changes
For those riding Swift bus rapid transit from Aurora Village towards Everett on weekdays, service during the 5 a.m. hour will be every 20 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., that service will run every 12 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. Put another way, that's 5 buses per hour instead of 6. While the service from 7 p.m. on continues to be spaced every 20 minutes, the last bus leaves Aurora Village at 9:40 p.m. On Saturdays, Swift bus rapid transit runs every 20 minutes, from Aurora Village starting at 6:00 a.m. with the last bus at 9:40 a.m. The service going the other direction is similar, important to keep in mind if you're attending an event at, say, Everett's Comcast Arena.

Non-BRT (bus rapid transit) routes
For non-BRT routes, the spans are cut similarly. The #101 that goes up 99 to South Everett remains at 30 minute intervals. Meanwhile, there are changes to the other local routes.

The #118 that went from Aurora Village to Edmonds Community College has been canceled. In its place is a lengthier route, the #115. It travels from Aurora Village to Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood Transit Center, Alderwood Mall, Mill Creek, and Mariner Park and Ride. It is scheduled to run from 5:20 to 8:46, but being a longer route means that keeping to schedule will be a challenge.

The #130 that travels from Aurora Village to Lynnwood continues, but at reduced span and frequency. The route also takes over part of the now-former #131, the part that went from Aurora Village to Edmonds. To go beyond that, however, will require a transfer to another route. A new route from Edmonds is the #196, which will travel from Edmonds to Alderwood Mall, with limited stops, via 196th.

Commuters to Seattle
The lone commuter route that touches Shoreline, the #416, has four peak-hour runs per day in each direction that cross N. 205th on their journey to and from downtown Seattle.

For more information about bus schedules, see this website.
Customer Service hours were also reduced on September 20. For Trip planning, customer comments, and transit information, call Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays) 425/353-RIDE (7433) or 800/562-1375 TTY Relay: Dial 711, email.


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