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King County Metro to Reduce Bus Service


With greater than 40 % of its bus fleet out of service for upkeep, King County Metro will probably be pressured to chop routes and cut back service for months, studies David Kroman in The Seattle Instances. “Metro has begun shaving routes and stops off its schedule months forward of a deliberate September rollout of a pared-back community. And whereas the schedule now seems slimmer, in actuality it’s solely reflecting what riders have felt for months now within the type of last-minute cancellations or buses that by no means present up.”

In keeping with Maggie Brubaker, deputy division director of auto upkeep, “2 hundred buses are sitting idle as a result of they don’t have components,” whereas the company faces a scarcity of mechanics and an ageing fleet. 

“An estimated 35% of Metro’s fleet is taken into account eligible for retirement, based on the company’s long-range fleet planning. The federal authorities lately awarded Metro $33.5 million to purchase new electrical buses.” However the company will nonetheless must resolve labor disputes and recruit new hires to start to cut back it staffing scarcity.

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