Apr 29, 2016
May Day Events are scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 1 between 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. These events could affect Rte 512 service in the following areas of downtown Seattle: ...
Apr 29, 2016
On Sunday, May 1 between 6 p.m. - Midnight, system maintenance is scheduled to take place.This means our web and mobile sites may be slow to respond sporadically during this tim...
Apr 26, 2016
Viaduct Closure Means More Surface Street Traffic; Service Delays Anticipated Starting Friday, April 29, the Alaskan Way Via...
Mar 31, 2016
City of Seattle has issued a traffic advisory, noting that Stewart Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic between Minor Avenue and Terry Avenue. This lane reduct...
Mar 14, 2016
Starting Wednesday, March 16, the following stops along Darrington Street will be closed while reconstruction work takes place: Stop #1354, Southbound Emens Ave, south o...
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There are now 23 Double Tall double decker buses specially built for Community Transit operating on Snohomish County roads.
Another 17 Double Talls are on order and will be replacing the oldest articulated buses in our commuter fleet in 2015.
Beyond that, another five expansion Double Talls are on the way to add more seats to many of our 400-series routes serving trips to downtown Seattle. That's a total of 45 Double Talls -- the second largest fleet of double deckers in the U.S.!
The current fleet of double decker buses are 42 feet long and 14 feet tall. They seat 77 passengers – 49 upstairs, 28 downstairs – plus have designated standing room. At times, there are more than 100 riders on a single Double Tall!
Compared to the 60-foot, 60-seat buses they replaced, Double Talls seat more passengers in less road space, easing crowding on popular commuter routes as well as on Seattle streets and at Community Transit’s Kasch Park base in Everett.
A mix of federal and state funding has paid for most of the cost of these buses. Because of their ability to ease congestion on I-5 between Snohomish County and Seattle, Double Talls score well in Washington Regional Mobility Grant funding competitions.
The Double Tall buses require less maintenance (since there’s no joint in the middle) and use less fuel than the articulated buses, and they handle better in snowy road conditions when articulated buses are usually removed from service.
The Double Talls are made by Alexander Dennis Ltd., the same company that makes the famous London double deckers. Community Transit’s decision to buy these buses required the Scotland-based bus manufacturer to contract with a plant in the United States so the buses could meet federal Buy America standards, a requirement for the federal money which helped pay for the buses.