Marysville, Arlington city council members on Community Transit Board

Members of the Marysville and Arlington city councils have become the newest members of the Community Transit Board of Directors.

While Arlington City Council member Chris Raezer was selected as an alternate member in the medium-sized city category, ranging from 10,000-30,000 residents, Marysville City Council member John Nehring was selected to serve as one of its two representatives for large cities of more than 30,000 residents.

Every two years, city representatives and alternates on the Community Transit Board are first nominated through votes of their own city councils, and then approved by other representatives of their fellow member cities. Since Marysville Mayor Dennis Kendall did not run again for his seat, Nehring felt it was important to maintain Marysville's representation on the Board.

"I've always been interested in transportation," Nehring said. "I wanted to make sure that the high quality of service that Community Transit proves to Marysville would be maintained, so that our tax dollars would be put to their best possible use."

Nehring cited the recently installed Community Transit park and ride bus station, at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Grove Street, as an example of how having a voice on the Board has helped Marysville.

While Nehring considers it too early to say what the future holds for Community Transit in Marysville, he promised to do his part to protect existing public transportation services in the city, as well as to promote any expansion in bus routes that might be possible in the area.

"It's an honor serve the citizens of Marysville this way," Nehring said. "It's important to represent them here, because this affects a lot of people who have no other means of transportation."

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