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Metro’s newest buses, New Flyer Hybrids, were purchased in 2009. The oldest buses – Metro Flxible – entered service in 1990, and at 19 years old, will be retired soon. Metro plans to replace its oldest diesel buses with hybrid-electric and compressed natural gas buses. As a result of anticipated growth in Metro- b u s r i d e r s h i p , p l a n s i n c l u d e t h e p u r c h a s e o f n e w b u s e s t o e x p a n d t h e fl e e t . T h e

purchase and maintenance of additional buses will depend on available bus garage facilities.

Metro Bus Fleet by Year Purchased

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*As of August 1, 2009

Metro has 9 bus operating garages located throughout the region to store and maintain its buses. A tenth bus garage, the Southeastern Bus Garage, closed in 2008 when the Nationals Ballpark opened in Southeast Washington and is being relocated to the DC Village location. In addition, Metro operates two

Heavy Overhaul support facilities located at Bladensburg in the District of Columbia and at the Carmen Turner Facility in Maryland. Metro also oper- ates 3 service vehicle support facilities located at Bladensburg, Alexandria,

and the Carmen Turner Facility, which support over 1,000 service vehicles. Metro’s oldest bus garages originally served as trolley car barns, including

Northern (102 years old) and Western (64 years old), both of which are lo- cated in the District of Columbia. Metro plans to rehabilitate/and or replace its oldest bus garages, and move all bus garages to a regular maintenance schedule in order to extend the useful life of each facility. In addition, Metro

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