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About Metro's Power and Facilities Section


Building Systems and Maintenance workgroup is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the bus shelters, transit centers, the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, and Metro's maintenance buildings. This requires skilled trade work including carpentry, equipment operation, HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) work, irrigation, painting, pipefitting, plumbing and welding. The employees of this workgroup include building operating engineers, carpenters, constructors, environmental scientists, equipment operators, painters, and utility laborers. Their work includes construction, repair and installation of bus shelters, facilities remodel and repair, and graffiti and vandalism response.


The Custodial Maintenance workgroup is responsible for the custodial care of transit facilities, which includes cleaning and maintaining of the transit facilities, transit tunnel, maintenance buildings, and industrial areas. The work involves operating floor maintenance equipment, pressure washing, waste removal & disposal and supply restocking. The employees of this workgroup include custodians.


The Environmental Compliance workgroup was created in 1983 to manage Transit environmental compliance and quality efforts. This group works with other transit employees to ensure compliance with existing environmental regulations and explore issues that new regulations cover. Additionally the duties include maintenance of oil or water separators, hazardous material disposal, investigation of environmental problems and resource conservation.



The Field Maintenance workgroup is responsible for the signage, grounds keeping, and daily maintenance of the bus shelters, and transit centers. Their work activities include transit signage installation and repair; pressure washing; garbage collection; vandalism and graffiti clean up, and landscape maintenance. The employees of this workgroup include ground specialists, signage specialists, facilities maintenance workers, and utility laborers.


The Power Distribution workgroup is responsible for the maintenance, repair and construction of the electrical and electronic systems for the trolley buses, waterfront streetcars and other transit facilities. This includes the maintenance, repair and installation of trolley overhead lines, poles and substations, the maintenance, repair and installation of electrical systems, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Access), fire detection systems, bus radios, transit traffic signals, automatic vehicle locator systems, on-board cameras, and other data -transmitting units. The employees in this workgroup consist of electrician constructors, line workers, line worker helpers, line material workers, and radio maintenance specialists.


Transit Radio Maintenance provides communication for the bus operators and service Supervisors, as well as tracking buses on the road. The system has processing equipment for two way communication and fiber optics that enable Metro Transit to track buses while providing security both on the surface streets and inside the transit tunnel. The radio staff is responsible for upkeep and service of the ever-changing system. They also maintain the communication systems and internal radio systems at the wastewater treatment plants. The employees of this workgroup include radio maintenance specialists.

TAMP - (Transit Asset Management Program)

The TAMP Program work is contracted through Metro's Design and Construction Section. The work includes major repairs and renovations on existing buildings throughout King County and the involvement in new construction. TAMP's six major goals: 1) minimize future costs by maintaining existing assets; 2) establish cost effective program of repair and replacement; 3) responsible for the public investment in capital facilities and equipment; 4) comply with federal, state and local regulations; 5) base improvements; and 6) provide employees with equipment, tools and facilities necessary to protect major capital investments. This workgroup consists of project program managers.

Work Center

The Work Center workgroup is responsible for the work order system, project estimation and planning, customer service and coordination, contract development, stores and purchasing, safety and training programs, Environmental Compliane Program which includes energy conservation and waste management, interagency coordination, and installation of computer systems. Their work includes the maintenance and operation of the computerized Maintenance Management System (MMS) and databases, purchasing and administration of service contracts, development of wastewater and storm water permits, and the Adopt-A-Stop Program. The employees in this workgroup consist of data adminstrators, information system professionals, planners, project managers and purchasing specialists.