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Drive a bus for Community Transit. Be someone’s connection to work, family and life.
We’ve just increased wages for our Coach Operators! Effective January 1, 2015:

Starting at                    Earn up to
$47,029                         $61,027

($22.61/hr)                    ($29.34/hr)

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Paid training at $19.22/hour (Effective January 1, 2015) includes excellent medical, dental and vision benefits for the entire family. Commercial Driver’s License training provided. See the full list of benefits here.

 

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When you get to the application page, you can either create a new account or log-in if you’ve used the system before. Once you create an online account, you can apply for other jobs at Community Transit, as well as other government agencies using governmentjobs.com.

While we prefer you apply online, a paper application can be mailed to you by calling (425) 348-7100.

 

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Crews battle stubborn fire at Bellevue Ford dealership

By KOMO Staff Published: Apr 25, 2015 at 4:52 PM PDT Last Updated: Apr 25, 2015 at 5:20 PM PDT




BELLEVUE, Wash. – Firefighters continue to battle a stubborn fire that wiped out a Ford dealership early Saturday. The Bellevue Fire Department is calling it the most expensive loss to a business in 15 years.

The 3-alarm fire has severely damaged Prestige Ford on 116th Avenue NE, gutting the dealership, and leaving ashes of cars.
Approximately 100 firefighters have been battling the flames since 3 a.m., with utility crews increasing the city’s water pressure because so much water is being used.
Firefighters say they have ran into a little luck, as the fire missed several oil tanks located at the back of the building.

Saturday afternoon, employees and customers watched in amazement. Auto Nation, the company that owns the franchise, says all employees will be fully compensated throughout the rebuilding processes.
“Were probably over $20 million in loss of jobs sales, the rebuild,” a Prestige Ford general manager said. “We don’t know how many vehicles were in the building being repaired.”
Officials believe the fire started on the north side of the roof, but still do not have an official cause.
There are no reported injuries. Firefighters say it could take days for the fire to completely burn out.

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Photo: Wash. cop shares lunch with homeless man

After asking the man if he was hungry, the deputy sat down, gave the man some of his lunch and ate with him……

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By PoliceOne Staff

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A passerby snapped a photo of a sheriff’s deputy enjoying lunch with a homeless man on the side of the road.

Fox 13 reports the officer, who wishes to remain unnamed, witnessed the homeless man panhandling and began speaking with him. After asking the man if he was hungry, the deputy sat down, gave the man some of his lunch and ate with him.


Local resident Darren Ballard snapped a photo of the pair together and shared it on Facebook, where it garnered high praise from users.

“These type of incidents happen quite often in our department,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ed Troyer told Fox 13.

The homeless man reportedly told the officer he expects to get housing in less than a month.

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April is distracted driving awareness month

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April is distracted driving awareness month. Recommit yourself to focusing on driving and what is on the road ahead.
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Police: Fatal Kent wreck caused when driver glanced at phone

By KOMO Staff Published: Apr 14, 2015




KENT, Wash. — Police say a head-on crash that killed a woman and injured two others Monday evening was caused by a distracted driver.
The driver of a Ford sedan looked down at his phone and drifted into oncoming traffic, where he collided head-on with a Honda Civic on 148th Avenue South East near SE 200th Street in Kent, investigators said.

The 25-year-old driver of the Honda died at the scene. Family members identified her Tuesday as Sherri “Coco” White. Her niece and nephew were passengers in the car, they said. They were seriously injured and rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, deputies said.

The 25-year-old driver of the Ford wasn’t hurt, Kent police said.
“It looked like one big mess,” said Bryce Aubrey, who lives near the crash scene. “Just really surreal. Just couldn’t believe how much damage just ’cause someone looking down at their phone.”
One of the victims was able to crawl out of the car and walk to a nearby home for help.

“I woke up to the dogs just going crazy and somebody pounding at my front door,” said Rosemary Aubrey, Bryce’s mother. “I just heard the word, ‘help, help!’ And I ran out.”

Aubrey said she rushed out to the wreckage to see who else she could help.
“Checked on her brother. Her brother was alive and moving. Check on the driver, and there was no movement, no pulse,” she said.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case, King County Sheriff’s deputies said.
“No text message, phone call, or social media update is worth the damage done by taking your eyes off the road,” said King County Sheriff’s Sgt. B.J. Myers.

The crash Monday happened about a week after a bill designed to beef up the state’s distracted driving law failed to get enough support from lawmakers on both sides in the state legislature. If passed, the bill would have made it illegal to even hold a cell phone while driving.



Lowering A City’s Homeless Population — By Forcing The Homeless Out

The city of Hollywood, Fla., bought the Homeless Voice shelter from its owner, a longtime advocate for the homeless who agreed to stay away from the city for the next 30 years. Greg Allen hide caption

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It’s been a week of goodbyes at the Homeless Voice in Hollywood, Fla. For nearly 13 years, this rundown, 22-room hotel operated as a homeless shelter.

On most nights, hotel manager Christine Jordan says, more than 200 homeless men and women stayed here, some sleeping on mats in the cafeteria.

We called this the emergency level … almost 40 people in here every night,” she says. Some stayed for free and others paid on a sliding scale. “[Now], everything’s gone. I can’t cry anymore.”

It all came to an end last week, when the city of Hollywood closed a deal with the shelter’s owner, Sean Cononie, a homeless advocate and entrepreneur. Hollywood bought Cononie’s hotel and several other properties for $4.8 million. More than 100 of the shelter’s residents boarded buses and headed to new quarters in Central Florida, 200-plus miles away. Some others made their way into the county shelter system.

For the city, this marked the end of a long and unhappy relationship with Cononie. A decade ago, Hollywood tried and failed to shut down his shelter, which was self-supporting. His homeless clients paid rent by selling the Homeless Voice newspaper or by drawing on disability or other government benefits.

Tony Simmons leads a group of Johns Hopkins University students on a "justice walk" in downtown Baltimore, during which they learn about public policy, providing services, and the connections between income inequality and health.

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Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To ‘Get Up’

Now the South Florida beach community is in the midst of a building boom, with developers setting their sights on the shelter’s aging neighborhood. Cononie decided to cash in and move his shelter and tenants out of the city, but he’s not happy about it.

“This has been my home,” he says. “Most people know that I sleep at the shelter. So it’s been traumatic … I sold the homeless out. I had no choice in the matter. They wouldn’t let us expand here. We weren’t getting the services we needed from the city.”

Some Homeless Advocates Question ‘Rapid Re-Housing’ Program

Cononie, 50, says the deal he made with the city allows him to continue working with the homeless — anywhere but in Hollywood. That’s because of an unusual provision that bans him from living in the city for the next 30 years. By the time that provision expires, he’ll be 80.

“They were afraid if I owned a house that I would let a homeless person spend the night,” he says. “And it would be a slippery slope for me to get away with opening up another shelter.”

Hollywood is located in Broward County, which has had a contentious relationship with homeless residents and those who serve them. Neighboring Ft. Lauderdale has long tried to restrict feeding programs for the homeless.

But, says Hollywood spokesperson Raelin Storey, “This is not about the city of Hollywood not being open to providing assistance for individuals who are experiencing homelessness.” She notes that the city is home to a 125-bed, homeless shelter that is run by the county.

Like much of South Florida, Hollywood is seeing a building boom, with more than $1 billion of development in the works. Storey says that Cononie’s homeless shelter presented an obstacle in an area targeted for redevelopment along one of the city’s main commercial corridors. “The concentration along this particular corridor was creating a scenario where the city couldn’t see the redevelopment potential,” she says.

It’s a similar story in other Florida coastal cities. Lorraine Wilby, with the Task Force Fore Ending Homelessness in Ft. Lauderdale, says that after building out the beachfront, developers are moving inland. “And where the development is happening,” she says, “is some rundown, old, single-occupancy rooms and boarding houses and all those affordable or attainable places to live for people.”

In recent years, Wilby says, her group, which served nearly 5,000 homeless clients in Broward County last year, has seen a marked increase in homelessness among the working poor — people with fulltime jobs who can’t afford to pay first and last month’s rent plus a security deposit.

As old neighborhoods give way to new development, Wilby warns that a lack of affordable housing will mean Hollywood’s homeless problem is likely to persist long after Cononie and his shelter have moved on.



Amid Seattle’s Affluence, Homelessness Also Flourishes

Tents are pitched illegally on a sidewalk in Seattle in January. The number of people sleeping outside in the city shot up by 20 percent in just the past year. David Ryder/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Amid Seattle’s Affluence, Homelessness Also Flourishes

In Seattle — one of the nation’s wealthiest cities — homelessness has surged over the past decade. More people are now homeless in Seattle than anywhere except New York City, Los Angeles or Las Vegas.


Homeless shelters in Seattle, one of the nation’s wealthiest cities, turn people away each night. Wait lists for low-income housing are years-long. Cars and tents serving as makeshift homes can be spotted all over Seattle and the rest of King County.

Across the U.S., more than a million Americans wound up in homeless shelters in 2013, according to the latest numbers from the Obama administration. Homelessness remains widespread, but in most places, it’s been decreasing in recent years.

That’s not the case in Seattle, which has seen its ranks of homeless surge over the past decade. More people are now homeless in Seattle than anywhere except New York City, Los Angeles or Las Vegas.
In Seattle’s mostly industrial SODO area south of downtown, Angi Davis of the Business Improvement Association gives a tour of homeless hot spots.

“There’s somebody living underneath that box truck right there, a sleeping bag and a bunch of stuff pushed underneath, so he got a little bit of shelter from the weather,” says Davis, head of the SODO Business Improvement Association.

On another stretch of sidewalk, where cardboard-box homes squat between a razor-wire fence and a parked Mercedes, Davis says, “I would not walk down that street by myself.”

According to the latest count, in January, more than 3,700 people live on the streets of King County. The number of people sleeping outside shot up by 20 percent in just the past year.

The city of Hollywood, Fla., bought the Homeless Voice shelter from its owner, a longtime advocate for the homeless who agreed to stay away from the city for the next 30 years.

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Lowering A City’s Homeless Population — By Forcing The Homeless Out

At the wheel of her Mercedes, Davis asks, “Why is it other big cities don’t have the same issue?”

Susan St. Amour panhandles on a median in Portland, Maine. The city tried to ban loitering on medians last year, but a judge found the law unconstitutional.

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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

Ask the homeless here, and they’ll give you some reasons. Aaron McPhatter says he is homeless because he lost his job. He and his girlfriend have been staying at shelters in downtown Seattle for about five months.

“I worked on that tunnel job down there at the Husky Stadium, and I was doing really good,” McPhatter says. “All of sudden got laid off. I need some work.”

Affordable housing is a big problem, says homeless veteran Gary Eyerly.

“They need to quit trying to charge $1,300 a month for a 400-square-foot studio,” Eyerly says. “It’s the Seattle gold rush. Go buy an old apartment building, put some new paint on it, triple the rent: ‘Wow, I’m a millionaire.’ ”

Medical problems push others out of their homes. Jonathan Murrell says his life spiraled out of control after he broke his neck in a car accident.

“That changed my life, know what I’m saying?” Murrell says. “A few years later, I’m still trying to pick up the pieces, you know? I’ve been through some really tough times. I’m down at the rock bottom right now. I have nothing.”

Seattle’s liberal voters and politicians don’t mind spending money on social problems — and there’s a lot of money here.

“In a community like ours, we shouldn’t have thousands of people that are homeless,” says Vince Matulionis, United Way of King County’s director of ending homelessness.

All told, under a 10-year plan put together a decade ago by a public-private partnership called the Committee to End Homelessness, roughly $1 billion has gone to the cause.

Leaders of the committee point to an economy that is generating both wealth and poverty in large amounts. More housing has been built for the homeless in Seattle than anywhere except New York or LA. Yet the effort is losing ground.

So why are things getting worse in Seattle when they aren’t nationally?

One reason, according to Matulionis: The 10-year plan didn’t focus enough on root causes, like the lack of affordable housing in this booming metropolis.

“Seattle was the fastest-growing city in the country last year,” he says. “So, rich, poor, and otherwise, we attract a lot of people here. A lot of people get here and find that they struggle with the cost of living and the cost of housing.”

The 10-year plan focused on providing permanent homes for the homeless rather than shelter beds. But even low-income housing is expensive and slow to build. The county wound up with even more people lacking shelter of any kind.

The committee has been working to revise its strategy, to focus more on root causes, says Matulionis. The committee is replacing its goal of ending homelessness with a less-lofty one: making homelessness rare and brief when it does occur.

“We’re never going to be able to build enough housing if we don’t reduce the number of people becoming homeless,” he says.

Driver killed as car flies off overpass, lands on I-5 in Tacoma



By KOMO Staff Published: Apr 10, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. — A woman was killed when she drove off an overpass and landed in the southbound lanes of I-5 in Tacoma Friday evening.

The Ford Explorer was driving across the L Street overpass around 3:40 p.m. when witnesses said the vehicle made a sharp right turn, went through the guardrail and drove off the overpass.

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All of a sudden to my left, I look up and see this car come off the overpass and land upside down right smack in the middle of the freeway,” said witness Mike Naccarato. “It was something out of a movie.”

Police say a number of motorists worked together to flip the Explorer in an effort to save the driver, but they still weren’t able to get to her. The woman, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tanya Kostelecky, a former volunteer firefighter, happened to be driving by when the Explorer came crashing down. She said about a dozen men rushed over to the vehicle and desperately tried to flip it over to save the woman.
“It was just amazing to me that so many people would take time out to care,” she said.

No one else was hurt and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
“How you can do this and fall off the bridge and hit nothing in the middle of rush hour, I don’t know. But that’s what occurred,” said Sgt. Frank Richmond with the Tacoma Police Department
The crash shut down much of the southbound lanes of I-5 for the early part of the evening commute. WSDOT officials estimated the backup at 12 miles just before 5 p.m.

Investigators are still looking into why the vehicle swerved off the overpass.
“Medical condition, suicide issues, all of those things could come into play,” Richmond said. “We just won’t know until we complete the investigation.”
All lanes of southbound I-5 were reopened after the scene was cleared.

Puget Sound businesses report spike in counterfeit cash



SEATTLE — Counterfeit cash is becoming a problem in Seattle and Bellevue, but there are ways to protect yourself from the funny money.

Michael Lamoria is the latest small-business owner to get faked out by counterfeit cash. He said someone recently came to his Seattle and Bellevue shoe stores and bought items with fake $20 bills.

“I came across a bill that feels funny,” he said. “I look at it and it’s obvious a fake.”
Lamoria thinks the crooks probably mixed the counterfeit bills with real money so the fakes wouldn’t be as easy to spot at a glance.

Police say fake bills have been circulating throughout western Washington lately. Fake $10 bills recently popped up in Anacortes, and a Starbucks in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood was also targeted.

A nearby Red Mill Burger restaurant hasn’t been hit with counterfeit bills, but employees are on high alert.
“I’ve had customers come in and tell me about it,” said Red Mill’s Mark Lopriore. “It’s clearly a problem. We have pens and stuff to identify counterfeit bills.”

Officials from the Secret Service, which handles counterfeit investigations, say there are many ways to spot fake cash. The first thing to pay attention to is the paper. Experts say if the paper feels weird, it’s probably fake.
But that’s just the start. With a real bill, you can see red and blue fibers embedded in the currency, while fake bills will have printed lines. Real bills also come with a watermark and a security thread that’s tough for counterfeiters to duplicate.

If convicted of producing counterfeit cash, crooks can face a 20 year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Congratulations to the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient, Dr. Ellen Moore!

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Congratulations to the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient, Dr. Ellen Moore!
Dr. Moore has been a member of the faculty in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences since 2009-10, teaching across the Communication major. She has developed three new courses,

including our first in Environmental Communication. She has made notable connections between community work and classroom experiences. In …the past year, while serving on the City of Tacoma’s Sustainable Tacoma Commission, she led a competition to reduce our community’s carbon footprint and connected this to her course in Contemporary

Environment Issues & the Media, calling it the UWT’s Biggest Carbon Loser. That, in turn, resulted in a Green Seed Fund grant from the University of Washington to further this research. She is noted for her integration of scholarship into her classes, her care for her students, her ability to connect community with the classroom, and her excellence in the classroom.


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Transit Development Plan 2015 – 2020

Transit Development Plan 2015 – 2020

Each year, Community Transit updates its six-year Transportation Development Plan, which forecasts the agency’s financial picture six years out and outlines services the agency can provide.

Draft Plan Available for Public Comment

The Draft Transit Development Plan 2015-2020 (PDF) is currently out for public comment through Friday, April 3, 2015. Everyone is invited to submit comments at planupdate@commtrans.org or by calling (425) 353-7433.

A public hearing on the Draft TDP will be held at the monthly Board of Directors meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2 at Community Transit headquarters, 7100 Hardeson Road in Everett (accessible by Everett Transit Route 8).

Transit Development Plan Draft Highlights

This year’s updated draft plan confirms the forecast for moderate service growth over the next six years, but also draws attention to the widening gap between transit service needs and actual service on the road.

As popularity grows for transit service, the agency has made plans to improve service and infrastructure:

  • The agency plans to implement 67,000 hours of new bus service over the next six years, 27,000 of which will be added in June 2015. About 8,000 new hours of service will be added each year between 2016-20.

  • Community Transit is awaiting state approval to fund the Seaway Transit Center near Paine Field, which would consolidate Community, Everett and Metro Transit buses serving Boeing and other nearby businesses. This transit center would also serve as the northern terminal for a second Swift Bus Rapid Transit line, which is in the planning stages.
  • State funding is also anticipated for a Mukilteo Park & Ride, which would provide 200 spaces for UW and Seattle transit commuters. This is a joint project with Snohomish County, Paine Field and the City of Mukilteo.
New funding is needed in order to increase bus service

Planned service increases fall far short of demand for transit service, and represent less than half the service that was cut during the recession. The state legislature is considering bills that would allow Community Transit to seek increased local funding through a public vote. New funding could pay for:

  • A second Swift line connecting Boeing/Paine Field and Canyon Park.
  • More trips serving Seattle and the University District.
  • Better connections for east Snohomish County and Highway 9.
  • Faster and more frequent trips to job centers in Snohomish County.
  • Late night trips to bring night shift workers home.

Meanwhile, the Draft TDP points out that Community Transit must continue to invest in existing infrastructure to maintain quality service. This includes:

  • Regular replacement of aging vehicles.
  • Expanding the fleet by 15 buses and 20 vanpools.
  • Preservation and replacement of aging facilities, vehicles and technology, including upgrades to the radio communications system and ORCA fare payment system.
  • Controlling cost growth to sustain service and jobs.
  • Continued implementation and use of Transit Technologies to improve customer information, operations and efficiency of service.

Community Transit’s six-year Transit Development Plan is updated annually. Updates provide a refreshed six-year forecast of agency financials, service levels and capital projects.

Public Comment Underway

Comment on the
Draft Transit Development Plan 2015-2020.  The comment period ends April 3, 2015.

Email your comment
– Call (425) 353-7433 with your comment.
– Attend the Public Hearing for the Draft TDP at the Board Meeting on April 2, 2015.