Sustainability is commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A founding signatory to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Sustainability Commitment, Metro is committed to adopting core processes that ensure ongoing environmental, social, and economic sustainability practices are continually improved over time.
Sustainability at Metro
In 2013, Metro received gold-level recognition from APTA based on a review of sustainability indicators, and is one of only twelve transit agencies in the country to achieve gold-level status (as of March 2014). At Metro, we address sustainability in terms of both the services we provide and how we operate.
Metro’s Commuter Van Program is the largest publicly owned and operated rideshare commuter van program in the country. In 2014 the number of commuter vans in revenue service increased 3.4 percent to 1,412 vehicles.
The commuter van fleet eliminated over 54 million vehicle miles traveled from Puget Sound roads and reduced approximately 21,000 metric tons of GHG emissions in 2014. This includes Metro’s all-electric, zero emissions metropool vehicles. A total of 25 new five-passenger Nissan LEAFs were added to the Commuter Van Program from 2011-2013 to establish the metropool fleet.
A report detailing how Metro Transit can transition to a completely zero-emission bus fleet as early as 2034.
For the first time in nearly three decades, King County Metro riders will enjoy completely new state-of-the-art electric trolleys in downtown Seattle and nearby neighborhoods starting August 19.
How Metro is protecting our region's environment.
Ten years after first hybrid buses, Metro delivers an even more energy-efficient fleet.
Metro was recognized by APTA in 2013 for achievements in reducing facility energy use, water use, waste generation, and criteria air pollutant emissions, and increasing recycling rates.
The metropool pilot program launched in 2011 and now has 25 all electric, zero emission Nissan LEAF's for use in Metro's vanpool fleet.