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Sound Transit to create operations task force

Sound Transit will form a task force to examine how the agency manages operations as the system matures and services are launched.

To be led by Sound Transit board member and King County Council Vice Chair Dow Constantine, the six-member task force will analyze current service approaches and seek ways the agency can become more efficient. The group will compare Sound Transit’s current operational costs with peer agencies and review industry standards for operations and maintenance benchmarks.

“To date, Sound Transit has mainly been planning and building a new transit system, with operations being a smaller part of our work,” said Constantine in a prepared statement. “As Link light rail comes on line next year, the agency’s emphasis will necessarily shift to operating the integrated transit system we have built to best effect.”

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