Darrington Mobility Study

Snotrac is partnering with the North Counties Community Collaborative to study how to improve transportation to/from Darrington.

Today, transportation to Darrington are extremely limited.  With the new Darrington Wood Innovation Center opening in 2022, bringing 150 new direct jobs and many students and indirect jobs to the town of 1,500 people, it's important to begin planning for new transportation options.

We have hired Toole Design Group to explore the current gaps and analyze potential solutions.  We expect the report will be completed before July.

Today, transportation options to Darrington are limited.

  • One road connects Darrington to Arlington, 28 miles away. 

  • The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe operates its D-C Connect transit service all day between Darrington and Concrete, but not to Arlington.  The service is open to the general public.

  • Community Transit provides one round-trip bus in the morning, and one in the evening, from Arlington to Darrington.

  • Community Transit's DART door-to-door bus service for people with disabilities does not serve Darrington.

  • Homage Senior Services does not currently have the resources to operate its Transportation Assistance Program (TAP), which is a door-to-door bus service for people with disabilities and age 60+ who live outside the DART service area, in the Darrington area.

  • No official community vanpool or carpool program exists in Darrington.

  • The Whitehorse Trail connects most of the way from Darrington to Arlington, but the final connections on either end are currently missing.

  • In King County, the public transit system provides bus routes directly to hiking trailheads on the summer weekends. No similar service exists in Snohomish County.

 

The Darrington Mobility Study will explore alternatives for how to improve service.  Options may include increasing the number of trips that Community Transit operates, establishing a vanpool program, expanding the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe's capacity to provide service to Arlington, and increasing Homage Senior Services capacity to operate TAP in Darrington.

Right now, we are asking residents of Darrington, the Stillaguamish Valley, and Arlington how they get around, what their transportation gaps are, and what potential solutions might be. 

 

You can take the survey here

Community Survey

 

Right now, we are asking residents of Darrington, the Stillaguamish Valley, and Arlington how they get around, what their transportation gaps are, and what potential solutions might be. 

Community Leader Kickoff

 

On April 13, 2021, Snotrac and North Counties Community Collaborative held a meeting of community leaders to kickoff the study, helping us identify transportation gaps and opportunities.