Transit Consolidation Study
News and updates
Check back here to get the latest news and updates about this study.
- The Joint Policy Committee met on June 1. Read the meeting minutes here.
- The Joint Policy Committee met on April 13. Read the meeting minutes here.
- The Joint Policy Committee met on Feb. 15. Read the meeting minutes here.
- The Join Policy Committee met on Sept. 7. Read the meeting minutes here.
In 2019, Everett’s City Council initiated the evaluation of transit services provided by Everett Transit. The City's Rethink Transit study considered three options for future provision of transit service in Everett: status quo (no change), growth, and growth through consolidation.
In June of 2021 Everett City Council directed Everett City staff to conduct a study with Community Transit to further develop the growth through consolidation option of the Rethink Transit study. The City of Everett, Everett Transit and Community Transit are working together to design this collaborative study process with a goal of achieving the best possible transit service for both Everett and county residents.
The transit consolidation study will define a plan for Everett to join Community Transit's (PTBA). With Council approval, the joint study would inform a potential ballot measure for Everett voters to consider to move forward with the growth through consolidation option.
- December 2021: Everett City Council and Community Transit Board approve agreement to study consolidation
- Q1 2022 - Q2 2023: Technical & policy meetings to draft integration plan
- Q2 2023: Final Integration Plan presented to Everett City Council and Community Transit Board
The work is to be organized around a three-part structure comprised of technical, executive, and policy levels. Each group will include equal representation from both agencies. An independent facilitator will facilitate discussion and administer roles and responsibilities at all three levels while ensuring clear flow of information between the groups.
- What is the Transit Consolidation Study?
This is a 12-18 month study that will create a potential roadmap for Everett to join the Community Transit service district, or Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA). This information will help the city evaluate whether to move forward with a ballot measure to join Community Transit in the future.
- Does this mean there will be a merger?
No. This is a comprehensive study to consider all issues of Everett potentially joining Community Transit’s service district. After this study is complete, the Everett City Council will decide next steps and whether to place a measure on the ballot for Everett voters to consider. Everett voters ultimately would decide whether to join the PTBA and form a consolidated transit system with Community Transit.
- How will the study be done?
The study is a joint collaboration between Everett and Community Transit. Both agencies are equally represented in three groups to study technical, executive and policy issues for potential consolidation. An independent facilitator is leading the study and will keep each group on track.
As defined in the agreement, these are the duties of each work group:
Joint Policy Committee
The Joint Policy Committee is comprised of six elected officials, including Everett’s Mayor, two Everett City Councilmembers, and three Community Transit Board Members. This committee represents the respective interests of residents of Everett and the Community Transit PTBA in considering and approving a final integration plan for Everett to join the PTBA.
Executive Advisory Group
The Executive Advisory Group is comprised of senior executive staff from Everett and Community Transit, including Community Transit’s CEO and Director of Planning & Development, Everett’s Deputy Mayor, Everett Transit’s Director of Transit and one or more members of Everett’s executive leadership.
This group will support the Joint Policy Committee and provide guidance and review the work of the Technical Working Group. The Executive Advisory Group will work to resolve issues elevated by the Technical Working Group and will determine timing for presentation of recommendations to the Joint Policy Committee.
Technical Working Group
The Technical Working Group is made up of agency staff tasked with creating a draft plan outlining how the agencies would consolidate. This group will perform scoping work to determine the range of subjects to be addressed in the plan; organize the work program and secure resources to accomplish tasks; collect data, perform analyses, evaluate alternatives and develop recommendations for accomplishing agency consolidation; and provide relevant materials and analysis to the Executive Advisory Group and/or Joint Policy Committee at intervals to inform decision-making.