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ST Spotlight: Bland name, millions saved

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The name may be modest, but the “mid-day bus storage lot” will eventually save millions.

The recently opened lot, which is located across from the Link Operations & Maintenance Facility in the SODO area of Seattle, allows Sound Transit to store up to 30 buses that are used in peak-hour runs between Pierce County and Seattle. The lot eliminates the need to run the buses back to Pierce County after the morning commute and then back later for their afternoon runs starting in Seattle.

It’s a simple solution that allows Sound Transit to save between $300,000 and $500,000 a year in fuel costs, plus mileage and vehicle maintenance expenses.

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