EVERETT, Wash. – The City of Everett launched Rethink Transit, a planning effort to help the City plan future transit. As part of this effort, the City is seeking public input on transit values and priorities and invites community members to complete a brief online survey through July 13 at RethinkET.participate.online.
Everett’s population is expected to increase by up to 60% in the next 20 years and the City is assessing how to support the population and business community’s transportation needs. To accommodate the growth, the City engaged more than 2,000 community members to develop the Everett Transit Long-Range Plan that defined objectives for Everett’s transit planning through 2040.
Since adoption of this plan in 2018, it appears funding for transit will not be enough to meet Everett’s growth goals. The City identified three options for managing future transit service in Everett:
- Option one - growth: follow the "Growth Option" from the Everett Transit Long-Range Plan, which would require asking voters to increase the transit sales tax from its present level of 0.6% (6 cents on a $10 taxable purchase) to 0.9% (9 cents on a $10 taxable purchase) in Everett. This option would allow for those revenues to be invested in sustaining and improving transit mobility within the city.
- Option two - growth through consolidation: explore a consolidation and annexation of the City of Everett into the taxing and governmental boundaries of Community Transit. This option would require asking voters to approve the annexation into Community Transit. Under current law, this would increase the transit sales tax from its present level of 0.6% (6 cents on a $10 taxable purchase) to 1.2% (12 cents on a $10 taxable purchase) in Everett. This option would allow those revenues to be invested in improved transit services in Everett and integration with countywide transit.
- Option three - current system: explore the outcomes of maintaining the current transit tax rate of 0.6% (6 cents on a $10 taxable purchase). No new revenue would be invested in transit service.
“Amidst the public health crisis and as a continuation of all the work done in 2018 for the Long-Range Plan, we’re committed to continue evaluating the future of transit service in Everett,” said Tom Hingson, Everett Transit director. “We are asking the public to take a brief survey to help guide our next steps in this process.”
How to be engaged
During 2020, the City will gather transit values, priorities and feedback on the three options for managing future transit service. Later this year, public input, priorities and a technical analysis will be shared with Everett City Council as they decide on an approach for managing future transit service in Everett.
Community members can share their feedback and sign up for project updates through a brief online survey by July 13 at rethinket.participate.online.