New investments in service, safety, and reliability proposed for Metro

An estimated $30 million investment in Metro Transit to reduce overcrowding and improve reliability is part of the County Executive’s budget proposal he will unveil Sept. 26, adding 300,000 hours of bus service over the next two years as well as providing additional funding for safety enhancements, operator training, and systems investments that support the long-range vision of METRO CONNECTS, See more in the Executive’s remarks at the Impact HUB in Seattle’s Pioneer Square on Sept. 7:

Highlights of the Executive’s $1.6 billion transit biennial operating budget and $1.8 billion, 6-year capital program include:

  • $30 million over the next two years to improve transit service, including investments to relieve overcrowding on 27 routes, improve reliability on 60 routes, and help bring 18 routes closer to their target service levels.
  • $3 million over the next two years for additional Metro Transit Police deputies, a Transit Police detective, and a Community Resource Officer, to ensure safety continues to be Metro’s No. 1 priority.
  • $8 million over the next two years to equip all Metro buses with cameras by the end of 2018.
  • $7 million over the next six years for comfort stations to ensure Metro Transit operators can more easily take a restroom break during shift. In addition, the service hour investments include more time in schedules to support operator restroom breaks.
  • $215 million over the next six years to add base capacity for more buses.

Read more about the 2017/2018 Executive Proposed Budget for Metro Transit, and see coverage from The Seattle Times, Seattle Transit Blog, and The Urbanist.