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Seattle, WA 98104


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Seattle, WA 98104

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Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

King County Metro Transit to explore adding four hydrogen fuel cell buses as early as 2026

June 13, 2024
The addition of the hydrogen fuel cell buses is part of a pilot program that will help the agency decide if they will use the buses to complement its battery-electric and trolley...
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

King County Metro signs contract with GILLIG to purchase electric buses

March 18, 2024
The $111 million contract with GILLIG includes an initial order of 89 BEBs with the option to purchase up to 395 vehicles.
Sound Transit

Sound Transit to mitigate crowding when Lynnwood Link extension opens

March 11, 2024
Among the steps the agency is proposing are increased storage capacity for trains, which allows for more frequent service during peak hours, and alternative bus service between...
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King County Metro breaks ground on first electric bus base facility

March 8, 2024
The new 544,000-square-foot base will include maintenance facilities and charging infrastructure for the next-generation battery-electric buses that are scheduled to begin service...
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Safety & Security

King County Metro continuing to improve security presence on transit systems

March 6, 2024
The agency has more than doubled its Transit Security Officers during the past two years from 70 to 160, deployed Metro Ambassadors to provide customer support and activated a...
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King County Metro partners with ATU 587 to launch new bus operator training pilot

Jan. 2, 2024
The Mentors Moving Metro pilot will match experienced operators with new, part-time operators for six to 12 months.
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Fare Collection

King County Metro study shows benefits of using ORCA cards

Dec. 6, 2023
The nine-month study featured 767 participants and was in collaboration with King County Metro’s Transportation Demand Management Ridership Recovery Project.
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SDOT partners with King County Metro to launch bus lane only pilot

Dec. 5, 2023
SDOT is piloting new street treatments to discourage people driving personal vehicles in bus-only lanes.
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SDOT completes final design on Route 40 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project

The project, which will create a safer and more reliable bus route and Seattle’s first-ever freight- and bus-only lane, now moves to the contractor selection process, with construction...

SDOT completes final design of RapidRide J Line

The project upgrades King County Metro’ Transit’s Route 70 with an improved RapidRide level of service that will enhance connections to Downtown, Belltown, South Lake Union, Eastlake...

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King County Metro Transit, SDOT readies to begin construction on Route 40 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project

May 28, 2024
The goals of the project, which is set to begin construction in early June, are to reduce transit travel times, improve transit reliability and increase safety and transit access...
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King County Executive Constantine proposes new transit services to King County Metro bus network

Feb. 9, 2024
If the proposed changes are adopted by the King County Council, initial upgrades to the King County Metro bus network will begin with the Aug. 31 service change alongside the...
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FTA awards Seattle DOT $64.2 million for RapidRide J Line BRT

Jan. 29, 2024
SDOT's 5.2-mile RapidRide J Line will upgrade an existing King County Metro bus line by providing improved reliability with bus-only lanes and transit signal priority, decreased...
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Members of TriMet's Community Safety Team checking a train in downtown Portland, Ore., in April 2023.
Safety & Security

UW Study Shows Riders Risk of Secondhand Drug Exposure Minimal; Additional Study is Needed to Assess Risk to Operators

Oct. 3, 2023
The five transit agencies in Washington State and Oregon that commissioned the first-of-its-kind study are putting mitigation recommendations into practice to keep riders and ...
University of Washington
Safety & Security

UW study finds traces of drugs on transit buses at levels unlikely to cause risks to worker health

Sept. 8, 2023
The study found fentanyl and methamphetamine on board numerous transit vehicles, but the positive samples contained small amounts that are unlikely to cause acute medical conditions...
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King County Metro will launch Metro Flex on March 6. Metro Flex is an on-demand service that replaces Community Ride, Ride Pingo to Transit and Via to Transit.
Shared Mobility

King County Metro bringing all on-demand services under single brand: Metro Flex

March 3, 2023
The integrated service launches March 6 and will support travel through the served neighborhoods, as well as the region.
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147 of the 208 buses King County Metro pulled from service due to steering issues have returned to service.

King County Metro makes progress returning buses with fixed steering issues to service

Jan. 13, 2023
More than 70 percent of the 208 buses pulled for steering column replacement have returned to service.
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Screen shots showing King County Metro's Transit GO Rewards platform.
Mobile Applications

King County Metro launches rewards program

Transit GO Rewards will allow county residents and visitors to earn points that can be redeemed for free transit tickets or credits toward the region’s micromobility providers...
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King County Metro General Manager for Strategy and Partnerships De’Sean Quinn speaks at an event announcing an extrension to the Via to Transit program at the Skyway King County Library in Seattle, Washington on Aug. 10, 2021.

King County Metro names De’Sean Quinn as assistant general manager of partnerships and strategy

Quinn has been serving in the role on an interim basis and has 18 years of experience with King County.
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A King County Metro Transit bus operator at a stop this past winter.

King County Metro recalling 200 part-time bus operators

April 29, 2021
The operators were laid off in August and are being recalled in anticipation of increased levels of ridership as the Puget Sound region proceeds to reopen.

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Sound Transit Board awards $62.5 million design-build contract to Absher Construction of Puyallup for Kent Station parking garage

Oct. 30, 2023
The new parking garage will include a new structured parking facility, additional surface parking and other associated access improvements that will serve the Sounder S Line, ...
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Shared Mobility

King County Metro expanding Metro Flex services to city of Issaquah

Oct. 12, 2023
Service will be available in the service area across Issaquah and Sammamish for $2.75 a trip, which is the same fare as a ride on a King County Metro bus.
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Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

King County Metro releases first battery-electric bus with eco-friendly inspired design

Sept. 28, 2023
The New Energy design is a mix of electric yellow and seafoam blue and stands as a visual representation of King County Metro’s movement to a cleaner and more eco-friendly climate...
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King County Metro celebrates success of second annual Youth Transit Equity Internship

Sept. 18, 2023
Throughout the three-week program in July, the Transit Equity Interns become peer ambassadors of transportation resources, explored career pathways within King County Metro and...
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King County Metro Transit names Ernest Kandilige its permanent deputy general manager

Aug. 23, 2023
Kandilige has served as King County Metro's interim deputy general manager since January.
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King County Metro and ATU Local 587 agree to new three-year labor contract

Aug. 17, 2023
The agreement increases wages by approximately 17 percent over the life of the contract, as well as a lump sum retroactive payment, a retention bonus of $2,500 and a one-time ...
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King County Metro begins construction on layover facility along Eastlake Avenue

April 18, 2023
The facility will consist of 11 bus layover spaces and provide a place for operators to take breaks and access safe restroom facilities.
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King County Metro selects Todd Morrell as chief of Metro Transit Police Department

April 17, 2023
Morrell, who replaces former chief of police Jose Marenco, brings more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement.
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King County Metro launches the RapidRide H Line at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. L-R: Seattle’s Adiam Emery, Seattle Councilmember Lisa Herbold, 4Culture artists Jovita Mercado and Yasiman Ahsani, General Manager Michelle Allison, County Executive Dow Constantine, County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Burien Mayor Sofia Aragon, Tomo Chef Brady Ishiwata Wililams and White Center Food Bank Executive Director Carmen Smith.

King County Metro launches service on RapidRide H Line

March 20, 2023
The RapidRide H Line is now King County Metro’s seventh RapidRide line and will help retain ridership and attract new ones.