Planning for Sustainability
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Metro is transforming LA County through a regional commitment to environmental sustainably and climate-safe infrastructure. Metro infrastructure and assets are planned and designed with changes to climate and stewardship of natural resources in mind.
Planning for sustainability includes coordination and support between the environmental, planning and engineering departments through many phases of project development including processes related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), resulting in project-specific Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), Environmental Impact Studies (EIS) and exceptions to these requirements. For access to these and related documents, contact the Metro Library .
Countywide Sustainability Planning Policy:
In 2012, Metro policy demonstrates a continued commitment to sustainability as a core business value and as a strategy for enhancing the quality, efficiency and value of the transportation system through integration of sustainability in planning functions, and development of partnerships.
Energy and Sustainability Policy:
In 2007, Metro policy established policy to control energy consumption and embrace energy efficiency, energy conservation, and sustainability.
In 2009, Metro established an on-going commitment to provide multi-modal public transit services that greatly improve the quality of the environment in the communities it serves; and its commitment to planning and constructing projects, operating and maintaining facilities and vehicles, and procuring products and services in a manner that protects human health and the environment. This policy provides guidance in committing to the use of the ISO 14001:2004 standard as a sustainability management tool.
Renewable Energy Policy:
In 2011, Metro policy established 33% of facility-wide energy use would be powered by renewable energy by 2020. This policy has driven action and as of 2017 Metro reached 30% of its goal. Most of Metro’s new major facilities are designed to include solar generation including the El Monte Transit Terminal (89kW), Division 13 (271 kW) and Location 64.
Moving Beyond Sustainability (2020): Metro establishes agency-wide sustainability goals, targets and strategies for the next 10 years. This update will be a significant expansion to the 2008 Metro Sustainability Implementation Plan (MSIP). The Plan will include energy, water, emissions and pollution control, materials and construction/operations, climate adaptation and resiliency, livable neighborhoods, equity, and economic and workforce development goals. The revised plan is expected in 2020.
Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (2019):
The 2019 CAAP outlines how Metro is both fighting climate change and preparing for a changing climate.
Energy Conservation and Management Plan:
In 2011, the Metro Board adopted this plan to guide energy use in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Active Transportation Strategic Plan (ATSP):
Adopted May 26, 2016, ATSP is Metro's countywide effort to identify strategies to increase walking, bicycling and transit use in Los Angeles County. The ATSP proposes a regional network of active transportation facilities, including shared-use paths and on-street bikeways.
First Last Mile Strategic Plan:
identifies how Metro and its partners can improve access and connections to public transit. The goal is to better coordinate infrastructure investments in station areas to extend the reach of transit, and ultimately increase ridership.
Orange Line Corridor Implementation Plan:
In 2012, the Metro Board identified a range of improvements to the Orange Line and the fourteen station areas on its original alignment that will increase transit use for commuters and discretionary riders, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and advance Metro’s sustainable development principles.
Sustainable Rail Plan:
In 2013, a combination of qualitative and quantitative discussions regarding the feasibility, cost and energy reduction potential of various strategies to enhance the sustainability of Metro’s rail system.
Water Action Plan (2010):
Metro Board adopted the Water Action Plan to better understand the relationship between current practices, equipment and water use.
Metro Sustainability Program:
The Sustainability Program guides the design and construction of world-class projects by incorporating sustainable elements and CALGreen requirements into the design and construction process for Metro capital projects.
Metro builds to the highest sustainability standards with all projects larger than 10,000 square feet designed to LEED silver or higher . The following Metro projects have obtained Envision Platinum Certification: Expo Line, Section II and Purple Line Extension, Section 1 .
Metro plans and designs infrastructure and assets with changes to climate and stewardship of natural resources in mind. Metro is both fighting climate change and preparing for a changing climate with resources in the areas of mitigation and resiliency.
In order to reduce Metro’s carbon footprint and ensure that bus and rail services operate consistently and reliably, Metro looks for ways to lower greenhouse gas emissions and prepare the Agency and our riders for severe weather events and potential changes to local climate. The climate program currently addresses two key avenues for climate change response: climate mitigation and resiliency.
A comprehensive, integrated transportation network with infrastructure and design that allow safe and convenient travel along and across streets for all users, including pedestrians, public transit riders and bicyclists. Over 700 jurisdictions throughout the United States have adopted Complete Streets policies.
- Complete Streets Policy
- Complete Streets Policy Requirements
- Policy Development and Implementation Resources
- Deadline Update (2016)
- Slow Speed Network Strategic Plan for The South Bay (2017)
The incorporation of design elements aimed to reduce the construction-related and long-term environmental impacts of a project, including green street features, native or drought-tolerant landscaping and energy-efficient lighting. Training on the sustainable design plan and requirements for implementation and reporting are offered through Metro's Planning Department.
Response to a Metro Board directive, the Sustainability Council supports Metro’s sustainability program by advising and providing recommendations on matters such as policies, operations, construction, and maintenance processes that further Metro’s goal of delivering a sustainable transit system to LA County.
The Council is composed of 30 voting members representing a range of sectors and stakeholder groups with expertise in sustainability and transportation. [more]