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Snohomish County Adds Capacity with 'Double Tall' Buses


Community Transit in Snohomish County, WA, recently introduced four of its 22 new Double Tall double-decker buses to service on commuter routes to downtown Seattle. The bus order from Alexander Dennis includes 17 buses replacing 60-foot articulated buses—each providing 20 more seats than the buses they are replacing—and five additional vehicles to expand the fleet. “Our commuter service to Seattle is very popular and most trips are standing-room only,” said Emmett Heath, chief executive officer. “Double Tall buses allow us to increase our passenger capacity without added operational costs, plus these buses handle much better in the snow than the articulated buses they are replacing, and our riders love the views.” State and federal grants provided 80 percent of funding for the replacement buses, while the agency covered all costs for the expansion buses.
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