Swift Orange Line coming to South Snohomish County on March 30, 2024

Community Transit has announced March 30, 2024 as the launch date for the Swift Orange Line. The new bus rapid transit (BRT) line—the agency’s third—will provide frequent service linking Edmonds College, Alderwood Mall and Mill Creek, with connections to Link light rail in Lynnwood when it opens in fall 2024.

The new, 11-mile BRT line, with connections to the Swift Blue and Green lines and other Community Transit routes, is a key part of the agency’s “Transit Changes in 2024 and Beyond”expansion plan, the agency said in a news release. The network will bring shorter waits on many local routes and better connections to local services, including Zip Alderwood Shuttle as well as regional transit services, Community Transit said.

“The addition of the Swift Orange Line will open up a new world of possibilities for people who are looking for faster and easier ways to get around our county, the region, and beyond,” said Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz. “Swift is truly the backbone of Snohomish County’s transit system with its high-capacity buses, accessible features, and iconic stations.”

The March 30, 2024 launch of the Swift Orange Line will be marked with a community celebration, with location and other details to be announced at a later date.

The Swift Orange Line is an $83 million project that has received $67.9 million in federal funding, including $37.2 million from Capital Investment Grant funds and $6.5 million of American Rescue Plan stimulus funding. The project also received $5 million as part of the Connecting Washington package. The remainder is funded by local sales tax approved by voters.

As part of the expansion of the Swift BRT network, the Blue Line will be extended south to meet with light rail in 2024 and the Green Line will be extended farther south into Bothell in coming years. The two existing Swift lines carry more riders each day than any other Community Transit route.

About Swift BRT

  • Buses stop at all stations, which are spaced farther apart than regular bus routes, and depart after about 10 seconds. Signal priority technology, bus lanes, and real-time information help keep Swift running swiftly.
  • Buses arrive every 10-12 minutes on weekdays and every 15-20 minutes on early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Service is so frequent riders do not need a schedule.
  • Swift charges the same fare as other local buses. Riders pay at the station with an ORCA card or use a ticket kiosk before boarding at any door.
  • Swift is accessible to wheelchairs, disabled passengers, strollers, carts and bikes.

  1. PLEASE! Parking is a nightmare for anyplace in and around downtown Edmonds. There are multiple popular local business and free public places used by people from multiple generations…from little kids all the way up to the growing elder population. There are now parks, events and public spaces offered to people from all over the area…including tourists. But locals and visitors have nowhere to park within walking distance. Please think about the growing population of active elders who don’t or can’t drive anymore or people who Dianehave some physical limitations. We want to use the parks, the library and other public places in addition to supporting locally owned businesses. Some people want to walk onto the Ferries, use the Community and Senior Center, visit the food establishments, walk the waterfront and then use the off leash dog area or the people park on the beach. But we don’t have a way to get there. I am an elder in Edmonds just east of 99. I already pay a variety of fees and taxes that financially support public transit and County and City of Edmonds resources. I worked in government so I understand why I am paying to help support all the public resources. All I want is a way to have access to them whenever I choose.

    1. Construction of more parking will simply lead to more visitors coming to our parks, filling the new parking lots, and bringing us back to square one. Area devoted to parking lots will be areas no longer able to be used for business, parks, or homes, reducing Edmonds quality of life by reducing economic and recreational opportunity, as well as increasing vehicle traffic to the area. An alternative would be better public transportation connections, such as extending the Orange line to downtown Edmonds. This provides a great way for residents to connect to other public transit such as the ferry. Public transport will likely be more popular with younger residents, which will have the effect of allowing more parking space for elderly residents or residents with less mobility capabilities.

      I also disagree with the assessment that Edmonds has a parking issue, I am consistently able to park anywhere in downtown during the week with very little searching, and on the weekends within 5-10 minutes of searching.

  2. I said this before in a Community Transit survey, it would be much better if instead of turning south to have a final stop at ECC, there is a stop nearby only a short walk away (say 76th and 196th) and then it continues to have a stop near the Edmonds ferry, with one or two more stops in between. Integrating downtown Edmonds and the ferry with Swift would provide a great deal of transportation benefits.

    I really wish Community Transit would update their plans to this, it would be worth the extra expense of the additional stations.

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