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Snohomish City Councilman Tom Merrill new Community Transit board chair

SNOHOMISH COUNTY—Snohomish City Council Member Tom Merrill was selected by his peers on February 1 to serve as chair of the Community Transit Board of Directors for 2024. Stanwood Mayor Sid Roberts was chosen as board vice chair. Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell was selected as board secretary.

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Merrill has lived in the city of Snohomish since 2015 and was elected to the city council in 2017. He is now in his second term and was selected as president of the Snohomish City Council this year. He also serves as council liaison to the Public Safety and Economic Development Committees.

Tom Merrill
Tom Merrill

“I feel privileged to lead the Community Transit board during this exceptional time for transit in Snohomish County,” said Chair Merrill. “People here will experience so many exciting changes this year as Community Transit expands the Swift bus rapid transit network with the opening of Swift Orange Line as well as new connections to Link light rail.”

Lake Stevens City Council Member Kim Daughtry was selected as the Community Transit representative for the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Transportation Policy Board. Arlington City Council Member Jan Schuette will serve as the alternate.

The Community Transit board is comprised of nine elected officials from Snohomish County and the cities and towns within the transit agency’s service district, as well as a labor representative selected by the agency’s bargaining units.

2024 Community Transit Board members include:

  • Snohomish City Council Member Tom Merrill, chair
  • Stanwood Mayor Sid Roberts, vice chair
  • Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, secretary
  • Arlington City Council Member Jan Schuette
  • Labor Representative Lance Norton
  • Lake Stevens City Council Member Kim Daughtry
  • Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring
  • Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine
  • Snohomish County Council Chair Jared Mead
  • Snohomish County Council Member Strom Peterson

Board Alternates include:

  • Brier City Council Member Mike Gallagher
  • Edmonds City Council Member Susan Paine
  • Monroe City Council Member Heather Fulcher
  • Mountlake Terrace Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright
  • Snohomish County Council Member Megan Dunn

At a Special Meeting held on January 18, the Community Transit Board of Directors voted unanimously to change its nine-member composition, transferring a voting seat from medium city category to large. 

Swift Orange Line
SOURCE: Community Transit

Community Transit provides bus and paratransit service, vanpool, and alternative commute options in Snohomish County, Wash. The agency’s third bus rapid transit line, the Swift Orange Line, begins service on March 30. Community Transit is redesigning its bus network to connect with regional light rail later this year.

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