Community Transit wants to know where to add new bus service

Card game to help identify county's service priorities
Feb 20, 2014
Photo by: Community Transit Play the Transit Values card game to give input on where new bus service should go at one of three Community Transit events.

Community Transit is preparing to add new bus service to Snohomish County for the first time in years. The agency invites the public to give input on where that new service should go by playing a card game.

During the recession, Community Transit cut 37 percent of its bus service, which runs throughout Snohomish County and into Seattle. One of the major cuts was the elimination of all service on Sundays and major holidays.

At a Transit Value event, participants are seated at several small tables to play a card game that adds bus service to the transit system.

The challenge is to get your tablemates to agree which service to add, for example, commuter service, late-night trips, Sunday service or a new route. Your table also must be under the budget given for that round of play.

Input from these sessions will be passed along to the Community Transit Board of Directors as it decides where to invest new service dollars.

The agency expects to add some service this fall, plus a significant level of new service in 2015. The new service is possible because of rising sales tax revenues due to local economic growth.

Even with the new sales tax revenue, the bus service Community Transit expects to add in 2014-15 will be only about a fifth of the amount of service that was cut during the recession. Long-term economic growth or a new funding source is needed to get service to the same level it was in 2009.

To sign up for one of the three Transit Values events, go to www.communitytransit.org/transitvalues or call Community Transit at 425-348-7136. A limited number of spaces are available for each session. The dates are:

 

Tuesday, March 4

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Everett Station, Mount Baker Room

3201 Smith Ave., Everett

 

Saturday, March 8

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Everett Station, Mount Baker Room

3201 Smith Ave., Everett

 

Thursday, March 13

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Volunteers of America Learning Center

16300 Motor Place, Lynnwood

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