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Board Meeting Agenda

Board Meeting AgendaA public hearing will be held as part of Link Transit's regular board meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Link Transit Operations Base, 2700 Euclid Avenue in Wenatchee.  Board action on the proposed 2018 Budget is scheduled and may be taken as deemed appropriate by the Board.


DATE:  November 21, 2017

TIME:   3:00 p.m.

PLACE:  2700 Euclid Avenue, Wenatchee, WA




  • Minutes of October 17, 2017 Board Meeting & Budget Workshop
  • Minutes of November 13, 2017 Special Board Meeting
  • Accounts Payable & Payroll Vouchers from October 2017


  • High 5!  Employee Recognitions
  • Election of a Link Board Vice-chair for the 2018 Year
  • Preparing for the General Manager's Annual Evaluation


  • Public comment on the proposed budget will be heard and are limited to 3-minutes per person


  • Resolution 2017-08, Adoption of the 2018 Operating & Capital Budget
  • Resolution 2017-09, Approval to Place a Sales Tax Initiative on the Ballot in 2018
  • GO USA Contrct Extension for Coach Operator Uniforms
  • Tire Contract Extension


  • Public comment on "non agenda" items will be heard & are limited to 3-minutes per person


  • Monthly Financial Report
  • BYD Electric Bus Update
  • Score Cards - Monthly System Performance Report
  • General Manager's Report




Annual Budget-Notice of Public Hearing

RE: Opportunity for Public Comment on Link Transit's Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held as part of the Link Transit board meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Link Transit Operations Base, 2700 Euclid Avenue in Wenatchee, WA.  The purpose of the public hearing is to provide citizens an opportunity to review and comment on Link Transit's Operating and Capital Budget for fiscal year 2018.  Board action on the proposed Budget is scheduled.

This meeting location is wheelchair accessible.  Copies of the proposed 2018 Budget are available for public review by clicking here.  The budget is also available for viewing at Link Transit's administrative offices, 2700 Euclid Avenue, Wenatchee, WA during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

By: Maria Alejandra Hansen, Clerk of the Board



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Rider Alerts

Week of November 13, Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM 

Chelan Highway: SR 150, MP 6.67-7.50, NoSeeUm Rd

Routes 20 and 21
Expect delays of 20 minutes
or less with single lane alternating traffic throughout the project boundaries where crews are applying compost and seeding shoulders and medians.  The No-See-Um Road detour onto Golf Course Road will end this week.



Effective August 11, 2017 until further notice:

Service in East Wenatchee is being detoured and may be delayed due to ongoing construction projects; in specific the Routes 8W, 8E, and 25. Call Guest Services at 662-1155 for more detailed information.



ThinkLink Survey Results


We finished our public surveys in June, and now have the results compiled and ready for you to see.

The amount of input we received during this process was very good, with almost 2,700 respondents to the online and the mail survey combined. Add to this the input we received in the 2016 survey and some other comments gathered during this process, and the total is almost 4,000.

What we heard from those who responded was that they want more transit service. More service during the week, and more service operating on weekends. They would like us to expand service to cover some more areas, and to provide more frequent service in some cases.

The full report on the 2017 surveys is available here.

Available Resources

Link has budgeted $700,000 for additional service in 2018. This is an amount that, under currently forecasted financial models, we can sustain for the long term. This amount will pay for about 11,666 hours of service, or about 45 hours more per day each weekday. This means that there could be 2 - 3 hours more of service on some routes, or more on some routes and less on others.

Next Steps

At our August Board meeting, staff were directed to begin developing service plans to to focus the majority of available resources on expanding service hours during the week. Over the next few weeks, we will be working on several different scenarios that address this. If you have specific requests or wishes for earlier or later service on a specific route, please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our board feels that there is greater opportunity to get higher levels of ridership on service added during the weekdays than with service added on weekends. However, depending on the scope of weekday service expansion, there may be some limited opportunities to improve weekend service.

The timeline on this process is to finalize the service plan by late January/early February, and implement this additional service in July 2018.


Please Yield To Buses

YIELD TO BUSES BIG BOX ADEvery day, more and more people are riding Link Transit to get where they need to go. This means that along all our urban area routes, every few blocks a bus may stop to pick up or drop off passengers, pulling out of traffic when there is room to do so. Sometimes this is not possible depending on the configuration of the roadway and the width of the parking lane.

If you happen to be behind a bus when it is signaling to get back into traffic, we ask that you please yield to the bus. This allows the bus driver to safely merge back into traffic while maintaining their schedule for those riding the bus, and waiting further down the route for the bus to arrive on schedule. It only takes a few seconds for the bus to get moving again, and then everyone can continue safely on their way.

Our drivers and our passengers thank you for this courtesy.



People For People Now Operating Wenatchee-Quincy Route

People For People, a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization committed to serving people throughout Central and Southcentral Washington State, is now providing service between Wenatchee and Quincy.

A grant from the Washington State Dept. of Transportation has made possible a pilot program to provide one round trip each day between Wenatchee and Quincy. The morning trip departs Columbia Station in Wenatchee at 5:50 AM and arrives at Quincy Foods at 6:50 AM. The return trip leaves Quincy Foods at 3:00 PM and arrives at Columbia Station at 4:00 PM.There are stops in Rock Island, Starr Ranch and ConAgra. Connections to Moses Lake via Grant Transit Authority are available in Quincy. Here is the complete schedule.

To ensure seating, please call between 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at least one business day in advance: 1-800-851-4204 Ext. 555 or (509) 765-9249 Ext. 555 or
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This service runs seven days a week, excluding holidays. There is no fare on this service.



Take Your Bike With You!

All Link Transit buses and trolleys are equipped with bike racks to make it easy to take your bike with you. This allows you to extend your travel past where the bus might take you, to use your bike for mid-day errands, or to return home at night. It is easy and there is no extra charge to take your bike.

Just a heads up though, the bike racks on Routes 20, 21, and 22 hold three* bikes, and all other routes hold two bikes. During the summer, there are often capacity issues, so it is best to try to board with your bike at the beginning of the trip, either at Columbia Station or at the other end, whereever that may be. BIkes cannot be brought inside buses, so please have an alternate plan in the event there is no room on the buses.

*There may be a trip sometime during the day on these routes where a bus with two bike capacity is used. 

The racks are easy to load and very quick. For a short video on how to load your bike, click here.


Tell Us Why You Ride The Bus

We want to know why you ride Link Transit. Is it because of the money you save, or because you know you are helping the environment? Take our poll here (it's on this page, just scroll down a bit and you will see it on the right).

And if you have more to add on why you choose to ride Link Transit, just drop us a short note at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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