Last week, our engineers attended the groundbreaking for the King County Metro Transit Interim Base Electrification (IBE) project. This project is paving the way in the transit industry—fueled by King County Metro’s goal to move to 100% zero-emissions fleet by 2035. The IBE project will provide parking and charging stations for 120 zero emissions buses, which will be powered by Seattle City Light’s zero-carbon electricity.

When completed, the project will:

  1. Expand KCMT’s capacity to serve the King County community;
  2. Execute KCMT’s zero-carbon mission to mitigate climate change;
  3. Implement KCMT’s public health goals by using zero-emissions buses and electricity;
  4. Reduce the heat island effect of the area

The IBE project employs an optimized, modular and interchangeable steel gantry truss system connected by an elevated equipment platform to support overhead charging pantographs. Lund Opsahl’s design minimizes the carbon footprint of the steel framing and concrete footings while providing an efficient and quickly constructable structure.

Our team gathered with folks from King County and the entire project team in this momentous groundbreaking, and we are extremely proud to support the future of electrification in the industry with our role in this pioneering project.