From a June 5, 2020, Community Transit press release.
Community Transit plans to increase its bus service this summer to meet an expected increase in bus ridership demand as Snohomish and King counties reopen.
On Friday, June 5th, Snohomish County was approved to move into Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start program, while King County was approved to move into a modified Phase 1.
Community Transit will implement a two-stage increase in bus service over the summer.
1. On July 6th the agency will restore a number of trips on heavily used bus routes to accommodate demand, bringing service up to 75% of pre-pandemic levels.
2. In September, the agency will again increase service to 85% of pre-pandemic levels and maintain that service level through spring 2021.
Details about the July service increase will be released later this month.
This past spring, Community Transit reduced its bus service to about 70% of what it was operating before the COVID-19 pandemic. The service reductions were implemented to match ridership, which dropped significantly as people traveled less during the pandemic.
In May, bus ridership began to increase slowly. With local counties re-opening more activities, more bus riders are expected in coming weeks and months.
Community Transit has instituted a number of changes for safe travel, including closing off seats to allow social distancing on the bus.
As riders return to using transit, they will notice other safety measures that have been implemented, including:
- Nightly disinfecting of all buses and paratransit vehicles.
- Encouraging riders to wear face coverings when using transit.
- Requiring drivers to wear face coverings while driving the bus.
- Asking riders to wash their hands often and not to travel when sick.
Community Transit continues to provide essential transportation service during the pandemic. For information about Community Transit’s service and commitment to safety during the pandemic, please visit www.communitytransit.org/coronavirus.