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• Change. Bases and other facilities should accommodate changes in fleet and propulsion technology—including electric trolley, battery and hybrid buses. • Operational success. Bases should be located and designed for efficient and effective operations and maintenance to occur, and should provide working space for employees. • Employee parking. Bases must provide adequate space for employees to park on-site. Metro is continuously exploring ways to maximize the use of facilities and reduce costs. An example: parking some North Base buses near downtown Seattle during the day rather than driving empty buses back to the base. Metro would continue to pursue innovative use of existing facilities, such as using park-and-rides for overnight bus parking.

Support facilities Beyond the bases, we would have to expand and accommodate a variety of facilities and functions if Metro service grows as proposed in this plan. Vanpool distribution base. Metro currently manages the largest publicly owned vanpool program in the county. This fleet is expected to increase by more than 2,000 vans by 2026. To support the continued growth of the vanpool program, METRO CONNECTS calls for another vanpool distribution base. Operations support. More people would be needed to manage and support the operation of a growing transit system. The Transit Control Center (TCC) is the nerve center for Metro’s bus operations. The TCC staff monitors and manages the movement of buses while they are in service. They also coordinate radio contact with all bus drivers on the road, supervisors in the field, emergency responders, and other groups that support bus operations, helping manage problems and occasional emergencies.

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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.

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