Mar 4, 2014
Pipeline Installation Will Close 20th St SE for Two Months Starting Monday, March 10, pipeline installation on 20th St SE (between 79th Ave SE and 88th Ave SE) in Lake Steve...
Mar 4, 2014
Due to a potential safety issue, first row front-facing flip-up seats are being removed on buses that do not have a barrier between those seats and the wheelchair area. This...
Feb 20, 2014
Effective February 15, 2014, King County Metro has closed the stop at eastbound N 200th St & Aurora Ave N (Stop ID #256). Customers who take the following routes are enc...
Feb 5, 2014
The Ash Way Park & Ride Bus Loop will be closed nights and weekends through March 2014: Weeknights, 7:15 p.m. - 4:15 a.m. Saturday & Sunday, all hours ...
Feb 4, 2014
Due to the road widening project on 52nd Ave W from 150th St SW to 164th SW, Route 119 is on a reoute. Route 119 buses will use 48th Ave. W between 148th St SW and 168th St ...
Nov 8, 2013
Construction Will Close Stop On Eastbound 132nd St SE Starting Tuesday, November 12, the northbound Route 412 stop on eastbound 132nd St SE (opposite the far...
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Here's a list of trips that usually have a Double Tall assigned to them. Please note that it's not a guarantee, but these are the most likely places to find a Double Tall.
Trips are listed by route and first timepoint. Refer to route schedules or Bus Plus for routing and other stops:
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.
Thanks to their extra seating capacity, Double Talls have been assigned to the most crowded trips of our 400-series routes serving trips to downtown Seattle.
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.
Community Transit leased a double decker bus from 2007-09 to gauge its practicality as a regular commuter bus. The pilot program was very popular with passengers and bus enthusiasts.
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 stimulus money which helped pay for the buses.