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Friday, April 21, 2000 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Seattle Times staff: Seattle Times news services

LYNNWOOD - Community Transit (CT) chose a 17-year-old Mill Creek girl yesterday as its honorary 100-millionth rider.

CT began service in October 1976 with 18 buses running on seven routes. Today the public agency runs 291 buses on 51 local and commuter routes, operates 51 vans for disabled riders and has the nation's third-largest van-pool program.

The Lynnwood High School marching band regaled a crowd of CT officials and employees at the Lynnwood Park & Ride lot to watch the ceremony. The third passenger to board a waiting Route 160 bus was to be dubbed passenger No. 100 million.

The festivities almost scared away potential riders, who had to be encouraged to push through the crowd to get in line to board the bus, headed to the nearby Alderwood Mall. Finally, seven people slipped into line. As a band member gave a drum roll, the passengers climbed aboard, and Roxanne Perkins was anointed.

Perkins was en route to Scriber Lake High School in Lynnwood, where she's a senior. She received 60 bus tickets and an armload of gifts and gift certificates.

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