What Community Transit schedule changes mean for Edmonds bus riders

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If you ride Community Transit to get to work, church or during off-peak hours, you’ll find some significant bus schedule changes starting Sunday.

For starters, you can’t take Community Transit on Sunday or on major holidays. That service has been suspended until further notice, part of a package of cuts that the agency has implemented to save $16 million over two years.

And if you’re a commuter who takes Community Transit to downtown Seattle on weekdays, you’ll experience service reductions and route changes, so make sure to check the agency’s website before you head out the door Monday morning. Here is a sample of the commuter-route changes affecting Edmonds:

Route 404 will be eliminated and become Route 405. Instead of picking up commuters in downtown Edmonds, Route 405 will begin and end at the Edmonds Park & Ride, 21300 72nd Ave. W. Customers can take also take local routes 110 and 131 from downtown Edmonds or use Swift service on Highway 99 to Access the Edmonds Park & Ride. If you need service between the Edmonds ferry and Seattle, take the revised Route 416 and or Sounder commuter rail. There will be one less morning trip to Seattle and three fewer afternoon trips to Edmonds, so confirm your trip still exists before going to work next week

Route 406 service to the Seaview neighborhood will be eliminated. The route will now begin and end at Edmonds Park & Ride.  Seaview riders can take Route 116 to the Lynnwood Transit Center, where they can access other commuter routes to downtown Seattle, such as the 401. Under the service change, the Route 406 first southbound trip each weekday morning has been eliminated.

Route 101 weekday service along Highway 99 has been reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes. Swift bus rapid transit will continue to operate its frequent schedule on Highway 99 at 12 stops between Everett Station and Aurora Village. Swift is funded through other sources, so the only change it will see is the loss of Sunday service.

If you ride the 408, an option for some Edmonds residents who drive to the Mountlake Terrace Park & Ride (or take the local 130 if you live near Lake Ballinger), note that the 408 now will begin and end at the Mountlake Transit Center (it used to travel along 56th through Mountlake Terrace).

Frequency on the Route 414, which offers off-peak service from downtown Seattle to the Mountlake Terrace Park & Ride, has also changed. The route did offer a total of 11 trips throughout the late morning through late evening, but now will offer six — two southbound in the late morning, two northbound in the early afternoon and two northbound in the evening.

Edmonds-to-University of Washington commuters will also face changes. Route 870 service to downtown Edmonds is being eliminated. Instead, that service is being consolidated into a revised Route 871, which serves both the Edmonds Park & Ride and Mountlake Terrace to the University District. Trips on Route 851, another Edmonds route, are also being converted to Route 871 service. Those needing to get to the University District from the Edmonds ferry will now need to take the Route 110, which connects Edmonds ferry with the Edmonds Park & Ride and Route 871. Route 131 also serves downtown Edmonds, Main Street and 212th Street Street Southwest, near the Edmonds Park & Ride.

Another option for Edmonds-to-University District commuters: Take bus or train service to downtown Seattle and then King County Metro Transit to the University District. Or, take Swift from Aurora Village to 216th Street and transfer to Route 871 to the University District. As a result of this change, one morning and one evening trip have been added to Route 871.

Oh, and one final note about that holiday service suspension. The first major holiday without service will be Independence Day. Because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year and is officially recognized on July 5, there will be no bus service on either Sunday, July 4, or Monday, July 5.

Complete schedules for service after June 13 are available online and in the new Bus Plus schedule book on board buses.

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  1. Personally, I would have paid extra to keep the 404 and the weekend and holidays running routes, offering a reduced rate to students. disabled, and those with low income. For many people, public transportation is their only way of getting around. Additionally, at a time we should be looking to reduce our dependence on oil, we should be increasing service — not decreasing it.

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