WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) secured $3,000,000 as part of the INVEST in America Act for King County Metro’s South Campus Interim Base Electrification Project.
“Our work toward fully transforming King County Metro to a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2035 will take a big step forward with the construction of the electrical charging infrastructure at our South Campus base that Congressman Smith is helping to make possible,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Once built, Metro will be able to maintain and operate 125 battery electric buses. This investment will help combat the global climate crisis and reduce local pollution. The new buses will serve riders in south King County, where residents are disproportionately affected by pollution.”
King County Metro at its South Campus in Tukwila is implementing the first phase of infrastructure improvements that will enable Metro to achieve its goal of a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2040. This work is occurring at the South Campus Interim Base facility where Metro is adding electrification infrastructure to operate and maintain up to 125 battery electric buses. The electrification work at these facilities includes the installation of necessary electrical infrastructure and charging equipment including transformers, switchgear, chargers, cabling, charging, and connectors. The facility is scheduled to be in operation by 2025.
The project will improve public health by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Metro Transit operations, helping King County and Washington State meet GHG reduction targets defined in King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan and RCW 70.235.020 through deploying zero-emission fleet technologies.
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