New transit pilot-program operating in Lynnwood
Light Rail link is motivation for varied service
Last updated 5/19/2021 at 3:40pm
Light Rail preparation is underway with a pilot program in Lynnwood.
Community Transit is working with the City of Lynnwood to test new transportation services, on the way to Light Rail in 2024.
The goal is to identify public transit services that might help transport people to work, school, medical appointments or errands.
Various options are being explored:
Microtransit is a flexible service that would operate within a defined service area, allowing customers to request a ride when needed using a mobile phone app or by making a phone call. Unlike existing transit services in the city, which mostly operate on fixed routes, the vehicles would run approximately one-half mile off a main corridor to get people closer to destinations.
A community van would be an option for small groups wishing to ride together. The vehicles would be parked at convenient locations in Lynnwood, such as City Hall or Edmonds College. Residents could request a van for use or join a trip that is already planned.
Customers of these services would pay the same local fare as they would on a regular bus. Every vehicle will be fitted with an ORCA reader, which enables easy payment and transfers between buses. Cash will also be accepted. The pilot service is expected to start in 2022.
Community Transit would like feedback on these options to determine need and interest.
"With microtransit, customers don't have to worry about following a set schedule," said Community Transit Community Transportation Specialist, Alex Mehn. "We can use smaller buses that can go off the set route and get you closer to your destination."
Lynnwood was selected for this pilot program because of its large population size and many popular destinations. Community Transit worked with a diverse group of community organizations to understand residents' travel needs. These services were developed to address accessibility, equity, flexibility, and safety. Lynnwood will also be the site of the northern terminal for Link light rail in 2024.
More information is available at https://www.communitytransit.org/lynnwoodpilot.
Community Transit is responsible for providing bus and paratransit service, vanpool and alternative commute options in Snohomish County. The agency is building a network of Swift bus rapid transit lines with Swift Blue Line along Highway 99, the Swift Green Line between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field, and the new Swift Orange Line coming to Mill Creek and Lynnwood in 2024.