Next stop: fresh air.
Planning and operating service for 10 million Angelenos brings great responsibility to preserve and enhance our natural resources. From deeply detailed recycling programs for waste, water, oil and other material, to converting to a 100% zero-emissions ¡eet, enabling ridesharing and increasing use of electric vehicles, Metro is serious about creating healthier communities and protecting Mother Earth.
As part of our commitment to keeping the air clean, Metro this year ordered 105 battery electric buses to serve the Orange and Silver Lines, starting in 2020. By 2030, our entire fleet will be 100% zero emission. Zero-emission buses do more than decrease tailpipe emissions and improve air quality. They also reduce noise, making transit corridors quieter for nearby residents.
While we are working toward a 100% zero-emission bus fleet goal, we awarded contracts for 360 near-zero LoNox CNG buses that are so clean, they exceed 2040 federal emission requirements today when fueled by renewable natural gas.
As our region transitions into more sustainable practices, Metro has been steadily expanding and improving its network of EV chargers to keep up with demand. By the end of 2017, we had installed 64 public chargers to help you charge up while you ride. We are testing 10 Chevy Bolt electric cars to add to our hybrid non-revenue fleet…taking two more steps toward a zero-emission future.
Sharing the ride is great for commuters and excellent for our air quality. The Regional Rideshare Program reduced air pollution by more than 16 million pounds while traveling 12 million miles, saving two million gallons of gas and giving participants the all-important gift of time.
Because of our patrons, we achieved one of our greatest environmental contributions last year, as we displaced more greenhouse gas emissions than we produced: 448 metric tons of CO2e.
To help preserve the beauty of our planet, we recycled more than one million gallons of hazardous/ non-hazardous wastewater, nearly 160,000 gallons of used oil, 43,000 gallons of waste antifreeze and 112,000 linear feet of spent fluorescent light tubes.
If you’ve ever been stranded on an LA freeway, there’s a good chance you were rescued by a Metro Freeway Service Patrol truck. Our friendly drivers assisted approximately 320,000 stranded motorists last year, which also served to help clear the air and the freeways so that vehicles stuck in trac behind them weren’t delayed. The service is free.
Now in its seventh year of service carrying America’s most loyal baseball fans from Union Station to the ballpark, the Dodger Stadium Express has boarded 1.65 million riders, introducing new patrons to Metro and reducing traffic and smog in LA County.