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Amazon to invest $1.5 million in King County Metro

Amazon's funds will add bus service on lines that serve West Seattle, Shoreline, Ballard, and Capitol Hill.

Amazon will invest $1.5 million in King County Metro services to fund 12,000 hours of increased bus service, the county announced Wednesday.

The funds will add 22 weekday trips for two years on the RapidRide E Line and C Line and Routes 8, 40, 62, and 63, which serve West Seattle, Shoreline, Ballard, and Capitol Hill.

“We are excited to see the increased capacity, and will continue to work with Metro and the City of Seattle to find innovative solutions that provide long-term transit options for the region," Amazon Vice President of Global Real Estate and Facilities John Schoettler said in a statement.

More than half of Amazon’s employees get to work without using a single-occupant vehicle, and 20 percent take the bus, according to the tech giant.

The funds are part of a Metro initiative to add 88,000 hours of service annually on 50 routes. The City of Seattle will fund 20,000 of those hours.

King County Metro also has partnerships with Microsoft and the cities of Redmond, Sammamish, and Issaquah.