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Sen. Murray Helps Break Ground for Community Transit BRT Line; Cites Importance of Federal Support for Local Public Transit

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) emphasized the importance of continued federal investment in public transportation projects in her remarks at the July 6 ground breaking for Community Transit’s Swift Green Line BRT project in Snohomish County, WA—the largest capital project in the agency’s 40-year history.

Murray, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, noted that a federal grant is paying more than half the $73 million cost of the Swift Green Line. She added, “I applaud the vision and leadership that made this day possible, and I will keep fighting in Congress to make sure the federal government invests in our communities, workers and families.”

Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath called the ground breaking “a milestone in a grander vision, a vision of a high-capacity transit network serving Snohomish County and connecting with other regional service, including [Sound Transit’s] Link light rail.” The Swift Green Line is the cornerstone of a major service expansion underway since county voters approved a transit sales tax increase in 2015.

The Swift Green Line will be the agency’s second BRT line when it opens in early 2019. Buses will operate every 10 minutes on the 12.5-mile route. The route will serve the county’s two largest employment centers—one at each terminus—Canyon Park in Bothell (a high-tech and healthcare center) and the Seaway Transit Center, located across the street from the main entrance of ­Boeing’s Everett plant. The event was held at the future site of the Seaway facility, which will begin serving local routes a year ahead of the introduction of Swift service.

“At Boeing, we look for innovative ways to find solutions,” said Elizabeth Lund, Boeing vice president and general manager, 777 program and Everett site. “The Swift Green Line will deliver riders every 10 minutes to the Seaway Transit Center, making it very convenient for Boeing employees.”

The final phase of Swift Green Line work will start later this year with construction of 34 stations and several road improvements. This work will be done in late 2018.

Community Transit also announced a third Swift line connecting residents of three communities to Link light rail when it reaches the Lynnwood Transit Center in 2023. Heath said frequent, easy-to-use transit service will help local residents stay connected while strengthening the local economy.

Sen. Patty Murray, center, and Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath, to the left of Murray, join other partners in breaking ground for the Swift Green Line at the future site of the Seaway Transit Center.

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