The region has multiple deep-water port facilities offering service to destinations worldwide. The Port of Everett is located in the center of Snohomish County. Container, break-bulk and barge facilities are available for cargo movement. The Port operates Foreign Trade Zone #85 and is the largest recreational marina on the US West Coast. The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma (located 25 and 55 miles south respectively) have numerous scheduled liner services. Seattle handles 2.1 Million TEU’s annually; Tacoma handles 1.9 Million TEU’s. The Port of Edmonds in South Snohomish County offers marina facilities for the recreational boater.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) is the primary airport serving the region; it offers commercial passenger and cargo service worldwide and is approximately 40 miles south of Everett. Snohomish County Airport Paine Field is a full-service general aviation airport adjacent to the Boeing Everett plant that accommodates the largest aircraft. Alaska Airlines and United Airlines will begin commercial flights from Paine Field Airport in fall of 2018.
The Interstate 5 Freeway runs north/south from the Canadian border to Mexico. It traverses Snohomish County, providing direct trucking links throughout the West Coast. Seattle is the western terminus for Interstate 90, the major east/west freeway for the northern U.S. that takes you to Boston. For Fiscal Years 2012-15, $435 million in Snohomish County highway projects were funded.
The Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad owns the freight rail network in Snohomish County. The Union Pacific brings freight as far as their Seattle yard. Sound Transit offers commuter rail service connecting Everett in the north through Seattle to the City of Tacoma in the south. The Sound Transit regional light rail system is under construction; when complete the system will take a traveler from Everett to the SeaTac Airport.
The Washington State Ferry System is an extension of the state highway system and is the largest of its kind in the world. On a daily basis, it transports thousands of workers in and out of Snohomish County from residential communities across the water.
Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit are the three main transit authorities serving Snohomish County. Community Transit serves more than half a million people with 2,100 stops in Snohomish county, and includes 19 routes into downtown Seattle and to UW Seattle. Everett Transit, a division of the city of Everett, has 600 stops and offers fixed-route and paratransit services.