Island Transit seeks input on Route 411

As of Aug. 3, the wheels on the 411 bus will no longer go ‘round and ‘round.

As of Aug. 3, the wheels on the 411 bus will no longer go ‘round and ‘round.

And Island Transit officials want to know what riders and everyone else thinks about it.

Beginning next Monday, staff members are holding a series of community meetings to let people know what’s happening and gather public input on both of the 411 routes.

“We just want the feedback,” said interim Director Ken Graska. “We want to know whether people think it’s a valuable service or not.”

IT staff members will also discuss possible alternatives, such as van pools and car pools, he said.

The 411W is the only bus route that takes people off Whidbey Island. It currently runs from Oak Harbor to March Point near Anacortes. It is scheduled to end service Aug. 2 because state funding dried up.

Such a change would be many months away, if it happens at all.

The following dates, times and locations are scheduled on Whidbey for Island Transit’s community meetings regarding the upcoming change in the 411W/C service:

Oak Harbor Library, Monday, June 22, 5–6 p.m.

Freeland Library, Thursday, June 25, 5–6 p.m.

Oak Harbor Library, Wednesday, July 15, 6–7 p.m.