Wednesday October 02, 2019
“Metro strives to think and act holistically as we shape our community and environment for the better,” said Metro Board Chair and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts. “We are responsible for planning, building and managing the fastest-growing transportation system in the nation. Project completion on time and within budget define success. We consider the impacts on equity and sustainability in every critical decision.”
The report shows that since 2012, Metro has reduced total NOx emissions by 50 percent and last year expanded the use of renewable natural gas for bus fuel to reduce the agency’s greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent while at the same time reducing operational costs.
Metro’s Energy and Resource Report provides an annual evaluation of the agency’s sustainability performance measured across ten specific performance metrics. These include unlinked passenger trips, vehicle miles traveled, operating expenses, criteria air pollutant emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gas displacement, energy use, water use, total solid waste and diversion from landfill.
Performance in 2018 across the ten sustainability indicators shows that during this era of expansion, the continued adoption of best practices has enabled positive trending across several areas. For example, since 2017, Metro has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollutant emissions through the transition to renewable natural gas and near zero-emission engines. Metro also has reduced energy use and increased waste diversion from landfills, even as the system is expanding.
“Metro is leading a movement to build the L.A. County of tomorrow,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Our strong leadership on environmental stewardship ensures that we create a secure and reliable infrastructure for future generations.”
As Metro plans for the future, this performance summary reveals areas of opportunity to be prioritized in Metro’s sustainability strategic plan. These include identifying new and innovative ways to reduce water use and waste generation that will ensure continued progress in these areas.
In addition, the report shows several case studies and program highlights illustrating how the agency’s forward-thinking approach to sustainability is driving a decentralized change in Metro’s internal culture and how this is building a sustainability movement within the organization and across the region.
“Our environmental and sustainability efforts play a critical role in implementing Metro’s Vision 2028 Strategic Plan,” added Washington. “We will meet environmental, social and fiscal challenges by reducing the impact and enhancing the resilience of our transportation network.”
This report will be the final one issued in this format as the agency finishes the development of an agency-wide sustainability strategic plan expected to go to the Metro’s Board of Directors for approval in Spring 2020.
To view the 2019 Energy and Resource Report, go to metro.net/projects/sustainability.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.