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What’s that bus doing at that fire?

Metro Transit bus provides shelter to residents displaced by a northside fire in May 2015As a partner to area emergency response and law enforcement agencies, Metro Transit regularly provides buses in times of need. These buses are mainly used to provide temporary shelter for people displaced by fires and other disasters.

This longstanding tradition, going back decades, is called Operation 100, which you may see displayed on buses that are involved in emergency response work. Situations in which Metro Transit buses may be used by partner agencies include, but are not limited to:

- Emergency responses to fires

- Gas leaks

- Other hazardous situations

- Damaging storms/adverse weather conditions

- Any disaster situations (such as the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge)

- Demonstrations

Buses may also be requested by agencies to temporarily house and transport groups of individuals who come under arrest. Many of the region’s law enforcement agencies do not have adequate shelter or transport resources of their own. Buses also provide a more comfortable and safe alternative to patrol cars or vans. 

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