Community Transit Bus Service Additions and Fare Increase
Beginning yesterday, September 23, Snohomish County’s Community Transit will roll out service additions described in detail here.
413 Route Increase
The 413 weekday commuter route will see later morning trips and earlier afternoon trips. Southbound morning buses will now run as late as 10:40 AM. Afternoon buses will run northbound from noon to roughly 8 PM. These afternoon and evening additions are notable because now the most reliable, and direct connection between downtown and Mountlake Terrace is available for five hours it wasn’t before - so whether you’re commuting, shopping, or making a connection with other transit or ferries in Seattle, you’re a lot less limited.
By now you might be able to tell that the 413 happens to be one of nextMLT’s favorite ways to commute between the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center and downtown Seattle’s core. If you haven’t taken advantage of this route, here’s a brief explanation of why it’s so handy:
Southbound, 413 buses pick up at the MLT transit Center and run down I-5 and the express lanes, exiting at HOV-only 5th avenue and Cherry street. You get to avoid the long waits for car-clogged Mercer and Stewart exits.
The efficiency of using the 5th Avenue express lane portal works the same northbound for the afternoon, with no stops between downtown and MLT Transit Center.
This route is a commuter route and only runs southbound in the mornings and northbound in the evenings - the express lanes switch directions around 11:00 AM on weekdays.
Swift Blue Service Increase
Also seeing service changes is the Swift Blue bus rapid transit line, which runs on Highway 99 between Everett Station and Aurora Village Transit center. Swift Blue line busses will now run every 10 minutes, between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM, effectively a 20 percent service increase. Also of note is an added early morning weekday bus, beginning at 4:20 AM. Two new buses will join the fleet to service these additions.
The Swift Blue Line stops nearest to Mountlake Terrace are on Highway 99 at 216th, near the Premera Campus and Value Village. They’re accessible from the Interurban Trail or Community Transit Route 119 that runs on 56th, 230th, and 66th through Mountlake Terrace.
October 1, 2018 Fare Increases
Community Transit will increase bus and paratransit fares 25 cents. Vanpool rates will also be going up.