Public invited to comment on new bus service proposals for Snohomish County

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The first open house will be from noon - 3 p.m. at the Snohomish County Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. and the second open house will be from 4 - 7 p.m. in the Everett City Council Chambers, 3002 Wetmore Ave. Representatives of Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit will be available to provide information and answer questions. Those attending will be asked for their comments on the following proposals:

Community Transit:
Modifications to routes are being considered to serve the new Everett Station, designed to improve connections with other services provided by Everett Transit, ST Express, Amtrak, Greyhound and future Sounder train service

Everett Transit:
Consideration of revising all downtown service to travel on "transit corridors" such as east and west bound on Hewitt Ave. or north and south bound on Wetmore Ave. Relocating the existing transit information and sales office to the Everett Transit Station from the downtown location

Possible shuttle service between Everett Station and downtown ST Express:
• Routes 505, 506, 510 and 512 would be revised to operate via Broadway to 1-5 instead of Colby, stopping at Everett Station
• Route 513 would stop at Everett Station and would travel via Pacific Ave. to Rucker Ave., then continue to on its existing route to downtown Seattle

To reduce duplication of ST Express service north of Lynnwood, Route 531 would be discontinued and 535 and 512 would be revised. All trips between Bellevue and Lynnwood would be changed to Route 535 and Sunday service is added to Route 512. Current Route 531 riders traveling north of Lynnwood on evenings and weekends would transfer to Route 512 at the Alderwood Mall.

For more information about these proposals please contact:
Community Transit: Call the 24-hour hotline at 425-348-2335 or email at
service @cotmntrans.ort? and ask for the brochure entitled Everett Station Route Changes that provides complete details. Deadline for comments is April 30.

Everett Transit: Call 425-257-8915 or email thingson@ci.everett.wa.us and ask for a customer alert brochure with questionnaire that outlines the proposed changes. Everett Transit plans more open houses and deadline for comments is April 9.

Sound Transit: Check the Web site at www.soundtransit.org or ask for a copy of Regional Transit News via email at expresscommunityrelations@soundtransit.org or call 206-398¬5046. You may also get information by calling Sound Transit and leaving your name and mailing address at 1-800-201-4900 or in writing to Sound Transit, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104. Deadline for comments is March 20.
ST Express bus service is part of the Sound Move regional transit plan approved by the regions voters in 1996, and currently operates 14 limited stop regional express bus routes serving the three-county region.

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Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit systems and services to improve mobility for Central Puget Sound.

People are invited to share their comments about proposed changes and new services from Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit at two open houses in Everett on March 13. Many of the proposed changes will take place by early 2002 to coordinate with the new Everett Station located southeast of downtown that will become a new regional transportation hub, community center and educational facility.