[nfbwatlk] FW: Swift Bus Rapid Transit to Fly on Nov. 29

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 16 17:55:55 CST 2009


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Mon, 16 Nov 2009 02:00:00 -0600

Public invited to celebrate beginning of state's first bus rapid transit
line

Snohomish County, Wash. - Nearly four years ago to the day, Community
Transit's Board of Directors gave approval for the agency to develop
Washington's first bus rapid transit line. Now that vision is about to
become reality, and Community Transit is inviting everyone to celebrate the
launch of Swift.

On Sunday, Nov. 29, Community Transit will host a public celebration to
launch Swift into service. The party will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the
Crossroads Swift Station at Highway 99 and 196th Street in Lynnwood. The
first Swift buses will begin service during the event, with free rides until
midnight.

Swift will begin its regular weekday service at 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

"Transit service will be a little more exciting and a lot quicker with
Swift," said Community Transit CEO Joyce Eleanor. "From the distinctive
hybrid Swift buses to the easily identifiable stations to the idea of off
board fare collection, Swift brings a new experience to the state."

Swift will operate on a 17-mile corridor in Snohomish County between Everett
Station and the Aurora Village Transit Center in Shoreline, primarily along
Highway 99. Buses will run every 10 minutes from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays
and every 20 minutes at night and on weekends. Swift service runs until
midnight seven nights a week.

Bus rapid transit offers the frequency and fast boarding of light rail with
the flexibility of a bus system at a lower cost.

Swift will stop at just 12 stations in each direction and riders will pay
their fare at the stations, using ticket vending machines or ORCA smart
cards. Onboard bike racks, transit signal priority to extend a green light
and transit access lanes in south Snohomish County are additional features
to keep Swift buses moving.

Community Transit staff will be at each Swift station throughout the first
few days of service to answer questions. Getting riders used to paying fares
at the station, not onboard the bus, is expected to be the biggest
challenge.

"Riders must remember to pay their fare as soon as they get to the Swift
station because the bus will not be stopped for long," said Eleanor. "This
is very different from the current way people ride buses, but it is
essential to keep this service swift. If people use an ORCA card, it will be
even easier."

More than 18,000 people boarded Swift buses during four months of public
education leading up to the launch of service. About 100 people will take
the official inaugural rides on Swift buses from Aurora Village Transit
Center to the Swift launch celebration on Nov. 29. 

The family event will include carnival games, face painting, balloon
animals, a photo booth, live music and, of course, Community Transit's super
hero, Oxy Gene. Two Swift buses will be on hand for people to tour.

People attending the event are asked to park at the Lynnwood Transit Center
(20100 48th Avenue West) and catch a special shuttle to the party. Shuttles
will begin operating at       1:15 p.m. and will run every 15 minutes until
about an hour after the event.

Community Transit strives to help Puget Sound commuters think transit first.
With the state's first bus rapid transit line - Swift, and the four-story
Mountlake Terrace parking garage that opened this year in Mountlake Terrace,
the agency is a leader in finding new ways to make alternative
transportation an attractive option. Call Community Transit at (425)
353-RIDE or (800) 562-1375 for bus information, or (888) 814-1300 for
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