The future of Island Transit’s bus routes off Whidbey and Camano islands will, in part, be determined by the input received at public meetings to be held over the coming weeks.
Island Transit is holding meetings to ask the public what they think about routes 411W, 411C and 412. Routes 411W and 411C, which transport residents on and off Whidbey and Camano islands, were on the chopping block in recent years after significant financial problems were uncovered at the public transit system in 2014. Route 412, known as the Everett Connector, was saved by last-minute funding from the state legislature last year.
State auditors identified serious problems with financial oversight at Island Transit in the past, but severe cutbacks and oversight by board new members appear to have put the agency back on track. The discussion will include schedules and possible fares that may affect these routes and service on the North end of Whidbey Island and Camano Island.
Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings to offer feedback on these proposed system changes. Comments may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These community meetings will be on Whidbey and Camano islands on the following dates at the listed locations:
Oak Harbor Senior Center
51 SE Jerome St.
5-6 p.m. Feb. 17
6-7 p.m. March 8
Camano Multipurpose Room
141 N East Camano Drive
5-6 p.m. Feb. 18
5-6 p.m. March 2