Transportation in Snohomish County during COVID-19

Weekly COVID-19 Call & Slack Channel for Transit Advocates & Allies

Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC) holds a conference call every Friday at 10:30am to share information and coordinate response efforts across the region. TCC also is maintaining a Slack channel to keep up-to-date on the latest news and enhance coordination To join either the call or Slack channel, contact Hester Serebrin of TCC (hester@transportationchoices.org).

 

RARET Weekly COVID-19 Impact Summary Newsletter

Regional Alliance for Resilient and Equitable Transportation (RARET) Workgroup is comprehensively tracking the actions of mobility providers across the region and emailing a weekly update. Read past updates here, and subscribe the RARET newsletter here.

 

Impact to Community Transit and Everett Transit Fixed-Route Service

  • Fares are free and boarding is via the rear door.

  • Community Transit has reduced its fixed-route service twice by 30%, and Everett Transit is operating at 45% of normal service (but plans to add back a few routes to be at 67% soon).

  • Fare box and sales tax revenues are way down for both agencies.

  • 13 drivers for Community Transit have tested positive, and one has died due to COVID-19.

  • For the latest information from the transit agencies:

 

Impact to Community-Based Mobility Service Providers

  • Ridership is significantly down on Everett Transit's ParaTransit and Homage's DART and TAP services. Homage encourages only essential trips for groceries and medical care.

  • The Stillaguamish Tribal Transportation Service was down for two weeks due to the transport of two passengers who tested positive, resulting in all three of STTS's drivers to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

  • Medstar is providing free services for hospitals, and has a fleet of vans specifically for people who have tested positive and for people who are going to get tested.

  • For the Stanwood Senior Center, service through Hopelink continues, but internal on-demand transportation has been cut back to only "essential" trips and no service is provided to potentially-infected individuals.

  • Snoqualmie Valley Transportation continues to run its fixed-routes. Ridership is down 50%.

  • Northshore Senior Center has reduced operations due to lower ridership, and has removed requirement for passengers to have the King County Metro ACCESS qualification in order to ride.

  • Camano Center has normal operations.

  • Catholic Community Services has reduced transportation operations due to many canceled trips.

Food & Prescription Delivery

  • Community Transit has a Food Resources in Snohomish County webpage.

  • Homage is delivering more than 4,300 meals per week and continue to get more requests for food and prescription deliveries. Homage could use help with additional vehicles and drivers to meet demand.

  • Snoqualmie Valley Transit is delivering hot lunches from senior centers; offering free delivery from food banks in North Bend, Fall City, Preston, Carnation, and Duvall (call your foodbank to arrange); and prescriptions from Safeway pharmacies.

  • Sky Valley Food Bank offers free deliveries, courtesy of Speedway Chevrolet.

  • Northshore Senior Center is delivering warm food and non-perishables/hygiene products for those that cannot pick-up in person for the areas of Kirkland, Kenmore, Bothell, & parts of Woodinville; NSSC is providing some food service into Snohomish County and looking to expand. NSSC has a pop-up Food Pantry on Tuesdays & Fridays.

  • Medstar is willing to help with food and prescription delivery, and interested in partnering.

  • Camano Center is delivering food; providing grocery and pharmacy transportation; and critical medical transportation.

  • Catholic Community Services is providing grocery rides and trips to medical appointments.

CARES Act

The CARES Act, adopted by Congress on March 27, provided emergency funding for transit agencies. The region's portion was allocated by the PSRC Board last week. Here's how much funding agencies will receive:

  • Community Transit: $33,045,123

  • Everett Transit: $3,010,410

  • Skagit Transit: $1,112,870

  • King County Metro: $243,712,054

  • Sound Transit: $166,282,134

 

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