Orange Line – Swift Bus Rapid Transit Snohomish County, Washington

As part of Washington State’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line, the 11-mile Orange Line route connects potions of Snohomish County along with the cities of Lynnwood and Mill Creek. Otak led the design and permitting while also providing construction engineering support for this transit-oriented development.

Expanding Bus Rapid Transit Corridors and Facilities for Improved Public Transportation

The design of this corridor connects service to Edmonds College, Lynnwood city center, Alderwood Mall, Mill Creek, including four park-and-rides and three future Sound Transit Link light rail stations. Project elements include a new transit center for the western terminus at the Edmonds College, construction of 17 BRT stations along the new Orange Line corridor and one additional BRT station along the Blue Line Swift Bus route, retrofitting five Green Line stations to also function as Orange Line stations, reconstruction of the existing transit center at the McCollum Park Park-and-Ride, and roadway and signal improvements at approximately 14 intersections to improve transit speed and reliability. Otak team efforts include alternatives analysis, preliminary and final design, environmental permitting, PS&E preparation, and jurisdictional coordination and permitting for the proposed BRT stations and termini including all associated roadway, signal, and pedestrian improvements.

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Nico Vanderhorst

Regional Director, Puget Sound

Environmental Permitting
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Jeff Gray

Senior Managing Scientist

Structural Engineering
“The structural group touches a lot of projects and our role in each of them can vary greatly... I think one thing I do well is keeping a lot of tasks moving at the same time.”

Bob Doherty


Senior Project Manager