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New BRT Launching in Snohomish County, Washington

It's only the county's second bus rapid transit route, but planners hope the Swift Green Line will eventually connect with a more robust network of BRT and rail service.
March 21, 2019, 10am PDT | Elana Eden
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A new bus rapid transit line is coming to Snohomish County on March 24. The Swift Green Line, funded in part by $43.2 million federal grant awarded in 2018, will operate between Bothell and Everett, terminating at the new Seaway Transit Center across the street from a Boeing campus. The Urbanist reports:

"Service on the line will operate along Airport Way, 128th St SW, and Bothell-Everett Highway to serve unincorporated Snohomish County, Mariner Park-and-Ride, McCollum Park Park-and-Ride, and Mill Creek. The line will also intersect with the Swift Blue Line, which primarily operates on SR-99 between Everett Station and Aurora Village Transit Center in Shoreline. Passengers of the line will have good access to the new commercial passenger terminal at Paine Field with a station pair at 100th St SW."

Several more Swift BRT lines are in the works for Snohomish County, which will connect to planned Link light rail.

"Looking ahead, Community Transit plans to extend the Swift Green Line deeper into Bothell and the Swift Blue Line to NE 185th St Station to connect with Link light rail in 2024. The transit agency is also planning a new Swift Orange Line to coincide with the opening of the Lynnwood Link light rail extension in 2024 … This would provide further connections to the Swift Green and Blue Lines as well as Sound Transit's new I-405 'Stride' BRT line. The Swift Orange Line would eventually provide service to the future Ash Way light rail station in the 2030s.

Additionally, Community Transit has hinted at another BRT line, the Swift Red Line, that would operate from Everett Station to Smokey Point in Arlington via Marysville with possible opening in 2027."

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Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in The Urbanist
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