Aug 25, 2014
It is that time of the year again and everone wants to go to the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Due to increased traffic on Hwy 2 routes that use this popular roadway (Rts....
Aug 21, 2014
Service During the Fair: August 21 - August 30 Community Transit buses will serve a special stop at the West Gate of the Everegreen State Fair, August 21-30. Buses will ...
Aug 5, 2014
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be doing construction work on Highway 530 east of Oso beginning this week. Construction will impact Route 232 bus ...
Jul 28, 2014
Construction on UW Bothell Campus Closes Stops on Campus Way Beginning Friday, August 1, 2014, the two stops located at Campus Way NE and the Library will be permanently clo...
Jul 18, 2014
Until further notice, stops between 240th St and 232nd northbound on the Bothell-Everett Highway (Hwy 527) are closed for road work. Please use the temporary stops located at th...
Jun 20, 2014
Reroutes on Alder Ave. Begin June 23 Routes 270 and 277 through Sultan will re-route due to major construction on Alder Ave. specifically between 5th and 8th Streets. The re...
Jun 16, 2014
Due to new weight restrictions on the Broadway Bridge in downtown Everett, Routes 201 & 202 will be re-routed around the bridge effective June 19. As a result, the north...
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Community Transit has announced it will be the first transit agency in the world to buy all-wheel drive, articulated double decker buses.
The agency partnered in the development of the vehicle and will order 23 of the buses to be used for commuter service to and from Seattle.
The decision to develop the articulated double decker buses was based on the success of the agency’s Double Talls that were added to the fleet’s most crowded routes to downtown Seattle on March 31, 2011. The Double Talls are 42 feet long and 14 feet tall, carrying a total of 77 passengers. There are a total of 23 Double Talls operating on Snohomish County roads.
With the demand for service continuing to rise and the potential for future spikes in fuel costs, the double decker bus – dubbed the “Double Ventis” because they’re bigger than Double Talls – will carry up to 196 passengers, more than double what a standard transit vehicle can carry.
The buses get about the same fuel mileage as a standard bus, but with twice the payload they will double fuel efficiency.
“With these giant buses, we’ll be able to handle all the growth in commuter ridership expected in the next ten years,” CEO Joyce Eleanor said.
The Double Venti buses will feature four doors and three stairwells to help people reach the upper deck. Upstairs there will be seating for 112 people, including a 40-seat conference room with a spectacular view. The agency is looking into the possibility of a children’s play area in the downstairs articulation.
The all-wheel drive feature was made possible by Community Transit’s Maintenance Department, which worked with the manufacturer to develop a telescoping drive shaft that delivers power from the engine, located in the rear of the bus, through the articulation to the front wheels. Community Transit has patented this special drive shaft, which is expected to revolutionize articulated bus building, and the agency will receive royalties for every vehicle in which it is used.
“Our team displayed real innovation with this revolutionary development,” said Joyce. “Having all-wheel drive solves the issue of articulated buses running in snow and ice. Next year, I hope to add helicopters to our fleet,” she said, adding, “April Fools!”