Community Transit, which serves Snohomish County, announced Wednesday that it will order 17 more double-tall buses, increasing the fleet of double-decker vehicles to 40 from 23 within two years.
Across the nation, only Las Vegas runs more two-level buses on a public-transit line, officials say.
The double-deckers carry about 10,000 passengers per weekday between Snohomish County transit centers and downtown Seattle. They consume less fuel and require less maintenance space than typical single-level, 60-foot articulated buses, the agency says.
The $17 million order, to replace aging single-level buses, will be paid mainly from $10 million in federal bus-replacement money, $3.9 million awarded by the state Legislature, and $2.5 million from Community Transit’s fleet reserve fund.