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Operations and System Preservation Bus bases, support facilities, and maintenance to keep our system running smoothly and safely. A major component of the investment called for in METRO CONNECTS would go toward building and maintaining the infrastructure Metro needs to expand, improve, and operate service. Metro has already made significant investments in infrastructure to support service on the streets. Maintenance of our bus bases, other support facilities, and structures for customers such as bus shelters, transit centers, and park-and-rides is critical to the delivery of quality service. Because Metro’s capital infrastructure is aging, the need for investment continues to grow. Maintaining a state of good repair would help to prevent larger costs for deferred maintenance down the line and ensure that our customers enjoy a world-class transit system.

What would bases and support facilities look like? Long before a Metro bus arrives at a stop, many hands prepare it for the trip. Mechanics do maintenance or repairs. Employees clean and fuel the bus and may post “rider alerts“ about upcoming service changes. Drivers check in and learn about events that might affect transit service that day. Activities like these are performed at our seven bus bases and other facilities, and METRO CONNECTS proposes infrastructure to support the service proposed for the future.

Bus bases Metro’s seven bus bases support an average of 200 buses each, and have both operations and maintenance facilities. Metro is currently near capacity at existing bases, limiting our ability to add more vehicles to the fleet. To support the proposed service network, we would need two or three additional bases for our expanded fleet and non-revenue vehicles. Bases are major facilities that require extensive work to site and plan. The exact facilities required would depend on many factors, such as the sizes of buses needed, their propulsion technologies, and partnerships with other transit providers. Bases would be sited and designed according to these criteria: • Sustainability. King County’s Green Building and Sustainable Development Ordinance sets building requirements to reduce waste and increase operational efficiency. • Location. The location of bases near the start and end points of service provides significant operational benefits by limiting the distance vehicles travel without passengers. Locating facilities near transit service also lets bus operators take transit to work.

Maintaining the transit fleet and facilities in a state of good repair helps Metro avoid the high costs of deferred maintenance, qualify for federal funding, and deliver safe, reliable, and comfortable customer service.

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CRITICAL SERVICE SUPPORTS

• Partnerships. Metro has agreements with Sound Transit to share bus base capacity, helping both agencies operate efficiently.

Profile for King County Metro Transit

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.