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Metro orders hundreds of new buses | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Monday, September 19, 2016 | Scattered clouds, 69.8 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter West Seattle neighbors putting up a fight to protect ponderosa pine By Lindsay Peyton The ponderosa pine located in the middle of ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Foster dominates Evergreen 48-0 By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR Blessing Leiato and Isaiah Ferrer ... Amanda's View: At the intersection of normalcy and public-figure-hood By Amanda Knox   Back in 2007, it seemed only people like me ... Do as I say Two local sisters have different child-rearing methods. One ... News The arts give kids new hope City offering free street trees New principals appointed for West Seattle High and Roxhill Elementary schools Monorail is in 'repose' Business Open House slated for next Tuesday, June 5th Metro orders hundreds of new buses West Seattle's been part of Seattle for 100 years State offers cancer vaccine for 11- and 12-year-old girls Mother sentenced in brutal murder of 6-year-old daughter Candidates filing for office begins June 4 Congressman McDermott wants overhaul of unemployment insurance system Gas price not stopping travel Lost West Seattle views can chop home value Hope Lutheran Schoold raises nearly $40k at auction Water taxi, shuttles to run all year under new district Port of Seattle seeks 'vibrant maritime economy' PTSA auction nets $32,000 What happens if school district wants to dump Fauntleroy School building? Fraud costs northwest households Seattle Schools Superintendent gets three-year contract Madison Middle School gets grant to curb youth drinking Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association hires Birnie as director North Highline Unincorporated Council vote set for May 15 Sound Transit agrees to study light rail for West Seattle and Ballard Charlie Chong dies Metro orders hundreds of new buses 05/29/2007 King County plans to purchase up to 500 new buses that will help deliver one of the biggest bus service expansions in Metro history.Most of the buses will be articulated hybrids manufactured under a contract believed to be the largest of its kind in North America.Metro has selected New Flyer Industries, General Motors Corp. and Cummins Engine Co. as the major commercial partners in delivering the next generation of buses. All the buses will meet or exceed the latest federal environmental standards.The first 22 articulated hybrids will arrive next spring, with another planned order for 100 buses in 2009 to provide new Rapid Ride service on five routes.The contract will allow Metro to place multiple bus orders over the next five years to support its Transit Now initiative that expands service up to 20 percent. The expanded and more frequent service is designed to make transit more attractive to drivers. Metro's goal is to get up to 50,000 drivers out of their cars and riding buses by 2016.The contract, structured similarly to those used in the aviation industry, will give Metro the flexibility to order different types of buses and components specifically designed for different uses, whether it is hybrid-electric, regular diesel-powered or European-style coaches fashioned for future bus rapid transit routes. General Motors and Cummins will provide major operating components for the buses.Metro expects subsequent orders will be used to replace aging buses in its fleet and for expanded service to offset the traffic impacts associated with reconstruction of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and State Route 520.While the cost of the new buses will depend on the types of features and components ultimately selected, the order could be worth as much as $400 million over the life of the contract. The buses will be paid for with a combination of local, state and federal funding sources. We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. Email us at or TEXT news tips to 206-459-6717 Receive updates on news and events in the West Seattle neighborhood via Twitter! Web development by Freelock Computing © 2016 Robinson Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved. Contact Us Terms Home Delivery Media kit available on request -- contact window.fbAsyncInit = function() { FB. FB.Event.subscribe("edge.create", function(href, widget) { _gaq. }); }; (function() { var e = document. e.async = true; e.src = document.location.protocol + '//'; document.getElementById('fb-root'). }()); _qoptions={ qacct:"p-04cWTlFWpKYdM" };