Stop eliminated because commuters taking up businesses parking spots
EVERETT - Sound Transit commuters are not happy the city asked for a stop on Broadway to be removed, but the city had a reason.
The city asked Sound Transit to no longer stop at 38th Street and Broadway because riders were filling up nearby business parking lots.
Sound Transit agreed with the city, Everett City Councilman Paul Roberts said. The agency looked at commuter parking use at Everett Station and found its lot is underutilized. Instead, people were leaving their cars in nearby mini-malls and office parking lots all day.
The stop serves Sound Transit’s Route 510 that goes to Seattle and two other Sound Transit routes. Everett Transit also stops there and will continue to do so. Sound Transit service ceased there Saturday, Sept. 29.
More than a dozen riders have contacted Roberts on the loss of the stop. Roberts represents Everett on the Sound Transit board.
Some riders told the city they park in the business parking lots because of security concerns at Everett Station.
Mayor Ray Stephanson has sent letters to affected commuters.
“The greater good is being served by our request to eliminate that stop,” Stephanson said.
Chief administrative assistant Debra Bryant has asked the Police Department to evaluate security at Everett Station. A report on that may come this week, Bryant said.
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