Not too long ago, smog often smothered our region. A region built amid a glorious landscape often could not see its own mountains. And study after study found all that smog was — not surprisingly — damaging the health of our residents and our children. Metro is looking to change that. We’re pursuing, buying and building cleaner vehicles, renewable energy and facilities that exist with a light touch on the land. We are helping to build communities that promote public health so that everyone has a chance to be their very best.
- Metro already has the nation’s largest fleet of compressed natural gas buses, which are far cleaner than diesel. Now we’re preparing to go a step further. The agency had adopted a goal of having a fully electric bus fleet by 2030 with the Orange Line going fully electric by 2020 and the Silver Line shortly thereafter.
- By taking cars off the road, Metro displaced more greenhouse gas emissions — 7,093 metric tons of carbon dioxide — than it produced in 2015. This helps the fight against climate change.
- Metro is helping produce safer streets. Metro’s Local Return program continues to provide funds to cities to help them install safer sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and “complete streets” that can safely be used by pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and motorists.
- We continue to strive to make our system easy to use for everyone and compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Wheelchair boardings more than doubled on our system between 2008 and 2015, and the number of paratransit trips increased 66 percent in that same span.
- Metro helps provide commuters by giving them more time. Travel times on Rail and Bus Rapid Transit trips are more reliable than driving, which has travel times that vary widely. Our system helps people spend less time sitting in traffic and more time on the things that count in life — family, friends, work, school and play.