Fleet, Infrastructure, and Workforce
Layover charging for battery electric buses will be necessary to support a future zero-emission fleet. Layover charging will be needed for more frequent services, like RapidRide, and will require significant electrical infrastructure in jurisdictions throughout the county. Metro will likely need to partner with other transit agencies that own key terminal locations in King County.
What will it take?
Provide adequate layover areas and explore innovative options and practices to meet layover needs. Meet the growing layover need by delivering new dedicated layover spaces, through innovative approaches such as incorporating layover space into other types of projects, additional park-and-rides and transit-oriented developments. Explore operational, service modernization, and scheduling practices to more efficiently utilize layover spaces.
Support new operational needs at layover locations. Provide facilities at new layover locations to support changing operational needs, including facilities to support battery electric bus charging where needed as system evolves to zero-emission over time. Provide facilities to support service modernization and management, such as break stations for operators.
Work with jurisdictions to site on-street layover areas or build offstreet layovers where Metro expects a long-term need, such as in downtown Seattle. Work with property owners and builders to include layover areas that have rider facilities as part of new development. Transit-oriented development projects are great opportunities for these types of partnerships.
Continue partnerships with other agencies to secure layover space. Build on Metro’s successful joint agreements with Sound Transit, and consider King County Housing Authority as another potential partner.
King County Metro Long Range Plan