Community Transit offers 25 local bus routes within Snohomish County, including Swift bus rapid transit. There are 19 commuter routes to Seattle and six Sound Transit routes that are operated under contract.
Community Transit has 22 Park and Ride lots including the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center located at Interstate 5 and 236th Street SW, just north of the King/Snohomish County line.
The Mountlake Terrace Transit Center, with five-level parking garage and 900 spaces, opened on February 20, 2009. The facility was Snohomish County's first public transportation parking garage.
Community Transit (known then as the Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area) began service October 6, 1976, after voters in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish and Woodway agreed to form their own local transit agency. With 18 leased buses, Community Transit began serving seven routes in those communities and provided 951,200 rides in its first year.
Community Transit opened the Lynnwood Park and Ride in 1979 followed by the Mountlake Terrace Park and Ride in 1983. Mountlake Terrace resident Vic Sood served as Executive Director of Community Transit until 1984 when he went to California to start another new transit system east of Oakland. He retired from there in 2003 and returned to his home in Mountlake Terrace. In 2005, Vic Sood was inducted into the American Public Transit Association’s Hall of Fame.
Vic Sood, Community Transit's First CEO
Mr. Sood and former long-time Mountlake Terrace City Manager (1967-92) Bob White worked diligently with the State Legislature and local officials on a bill to fund bus service here after American Transit Corporation (privately owned) bus service announced they were going bankrupt and would cease their three lines that served Snohomish County. Those lines were eventually taken over by King County Metro who subsequently asked for funding from the city.
A committee comprised of Councilmembers from Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Edmonds as well as County Commissioners formed and White asked Sood to work with them on a long-term funding solution. The committee worked on legislation to form a transit authority for Snohomish County that upon passage was named the Snohomish County Transportation Authority. The next hurdle was passing a ballot measure to institute the sales tax funding mechanism.
After two ballot measures failed by close margins (passed in every city except Everett), a new bill was written to allow less than countywide transit authorities. Sood started the process to form the Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation, now known as Community Transit. The measure passed with an overwhelming 79% vote and Community Transit service began with Mr. Sood as Interim Director in October of 1976.