➢ George talked about how Transit was looking at service changes for August and will be
interacting with the public to gather information on how best to administer these changes. He
said that this month Transit will be looking to get information from the public for options
surrounding the alterations, then in April/May looking at comments and putting together an
implementation plan for August. Transit will go back to the public in May, and then a hearing
with the City Council in June.
➢ George expanded on the need for public outreach for comments, citing the recession and the
increased costs of fuel as being the main culprits for why these service changes are being
considered. He said no lay-offs would occur due to the service changes. The plan was to
establish where revenues were at to figure out where to cut, utilizing public ideas where to
➢ George mentioned the elimination of some routes due to low ridership.
➢ Holiday services will also be examined, as they are very expensive and usually have reduced
ridership. George mentioned the reduction or elimination of some holiday service, such as
Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, and New Years Day. Again, public opinion would be
➢ Also, there is a proposal for the elimination of Route 27 from Everett Mall to Murphy’s corner
due to low ridership. Route 79 between Everett and Naval Support in Smokey Point may also
be eliminated due to low ridership; Community Transit already services the area with a similar
➢ There is also a proposal to combine Routes 7 and 9. An increase of frequency along the route
would occur as a result of the merger.
➢ There is also some proposal of route changes, such as moving Route 7 off of the Broadway
bridge and onto Hewitt. Also some changes to Route 14, from the South Everett Park and
Ride to Boeing.
➢ George also expressed upcoming proposed changes to Paratransit, such as stopping service at
10:30 p.m. versus midnight, which would also be in accordance with fixed routes being
changed to the same hours.
➢ Operational issues are also dictating the amount of time transferring people between
Paratransit and CT’s Dart service. George said ET doesn’t necessarily need to stay with the
passenger waiting for Dart. The number of transfer trips has also dropped because of CT’s
201 downtown route.
➢ There will also be a $0.25 rate increase across the board, except for those taking Paratransit.
The raise is to help off-set the cost of rising fuel. Some discussion ensued regarding public
feedback and how it is handled by City Council and City Administration.
2011 Landslide Repair – Lowell/Larimar Rd Presentation
Grace Kane, City of Everett, showed everyone via PowerPoint slide projection the current state of
repairs going on at the Larimar Road partial closure due to landslide activity. Currently, the
degradation has turned the road into one-lane and the City has maintained the lane closure since last
August. She displayed a proposed solution, along with the challenges in meeting the design plan,
such as a biological assessment and issues with a property owner. No re-open date has been
projected due to these challenges.
Meeting adjourned at 9:50
Next Scheduled Meeting is Thursday April 19th, 2012