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Metrorail Facilities

Location District of Columbia Maryland

Virginia

Rail Facility Brentwood Branch Avenue Greenbelt Glenmont New Carrollton Largo Shady Grove Alexandria West Falls Church

On a typical weekday in FY 2009, Metrobus provided over 440,000 trips. There were 134 million boardings on Metrobus in FY 2009.

18 Capital Needs Inventory

Age

Storage Yard

Inspection

37

6

16

11

31

5

25

26

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Metro’s rail cars are stored and maintained 9 rail yards located throughout the system. Maintenance facilities at Metro’s rail yards include service and inspec- tion shops and maintenance, operations and yard control buildings, totaling ap- proximately 1.3 million square feet of floor area. Metro plans to implement a new maintenance program for its rail yards to extend each facility’s useful life. In addition, as the fleet grows to accommodate all 8-car trains, Metro will need to build additional rail yard storage capacity.

Heavy Repair

Overhaul

Repair

Service &

Running

MetroBus

The Metrobus system was created in 1973, when Metro consolidated service provided by 4 different private bus companies. Metro operates bus service in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia on over 300 routes within a 1,500 square mile area. Today’s Metrobus fleet is comprised of nearly 1,500

buses serving over 12,000 bus stops. On a typical weekday in FY 2009, Metro- b u s p r o v i d e d o v e r 4 4 0 , 0 0 0 t r i p s . T h e r e w e r e 1 3 4 m i l l i o n b o a r d i n g s o n M e t r o -

bus in FY 2009.

In June 2006, the Metro Board adopted an average bus age target of 7½ years. This means that Metro strives to replace 1/15th of its bus fleet each year, or approximately 100 buses a year. In addition, Metro routinely conducts mid- life overhauls on each bus at 7½ years to extend a bus’ useful life to 15 years by replacing components at the end of their useful life. During the first 7½ years of life a Metrobus will accumulate approximately 300,000 miles. Metro’s

policy reflects the approach of many other large US transit agencies to improve service reliability (fewer bus breakdowns) and lower overall maintenance cost. The mid-life rehabilitation program reduces the replacement cycle and de- creases Metro’s bus replacement needs from approximately 120 buses a year to 100 buses a year.

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