2011 APTA Bus Conference

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Presentation at the 2011 APTA Bus Conference on Transit's Role in Climate Change Management: Los Angeles County MTA's Experience

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2011 APTA Bus Conference

  1. 1. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro CostCostCostCost----Effective Greenhouse Gas Emissions ReductionEffective Greenhouse Gas Emissions ReductionEffective Greenhouse Gas Emissions ReductionEffective Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategies: LACMTA Case StudiesStrategies: LACMTA Case StudiesStrategies: LACMTA Case StudiesStrategies: LACMTA Case Studies Cris B. Liban, D.Env., P.E. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Los Angeles, CA May 24, 2011
  2. 2. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro OUTLINEOUTLINEOUTLINEOUTLINE • Regional Role in a Sustainable Los Angeles • Reducing Regional Carbon Footprint • Measure and Monitor Performance • Achievements and Opportunities • Continuous Leadership
  3. 3. Transit’s Potential Impact on GHG Emissions GHG Impacts of Transit Mode Shift Congestion Relief Compact Development Transit
  4. 4. Who is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)? regional transportation planner regional builder regional transit operator Metro is the….. for Los Angeles County.
  5. 5. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Metro’s Role in a Sustainable Region • Metro’s programs organically create a nexus among various sustainable elements • Forging partnerships and finding common-ground solutions • Ensures that our operations consider environment, economy, and society
  6. 6. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Partnering on Regional Strategy Required by state law to develop regional strategy and to implement and achieve GHG reduction targets Strategy Components: Land-Use Transportation Demand/Systems Management Transportation Investments Pricing
  7. 7. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro 7 Leveraging Transportation Investments Long-Range Plan Adds 80 miles of light rail lines, doubling the existing system with possible connection to High Speed Rail Expands carpool lanes, improves highway systems management, explores public-private partnerships and pricing America Fast Forward— Builds 12 transit projects in 10 years, rather than 30 OpportunitiesOpportunitiesOpportunitiesOpportunities • Achieve GreenhouseAchieve GreenhouseAchieve GreenhouseAchieve Greenhouse Gas Reduction GoalsGas Reduction GoalsGas Reduction GoalsGas Reduction Goals • Reduce AutoReduce AutoReduce AutoReduce Auto---- DependencyDependencyDependencyDependency • Meet Market DemandMeet Market DemandMeet Market DemandMeet Market Demand for More Walkablefor More Walkablefor More Walkablefor More Walkable CommunitiesCommunitiesCommunitiesCommunities • Utilize and CatalyzeUtilize and CatalyzeUtilize and CatalyzeUtilize and Catalyze TechnologicalTechnologicalTechnologicalTechnological InnovationsInnovationsInnovationsInnovations
  8. 8. Fast-Track Rail Projects Red Line Orange Line Gold Line Green Line Gold Line East Ext. Purple Line Blue Line Expo I Metro Existing and Planned Fixed Guideways -Expansion of Capacity -Complements Bus System -Strategic alignments ORANGE LINE EXTENSION BUSWAY
  9. 9. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Creating Opportunities Around Transit Joint Development Program Station Area Design Corridor Partnerships
  10. 10. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro 10 Metro’s Sustainability Approach • Increase and expand our system through Measure R while simultaneously finding ways to significantly reduce our own carbon footprint • Integrate sustainability principles in our Planning, Construction, Operation, and Procurement efforts • Use Environmental Management System principles in our operations
  11. 11. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Green Policies and Greenhouse Gas Reduction PlansGreen Policies and Greenhouse Gas Reduction PlansGreen Policies and Greenhouse Gas Reduction PlansGreen Policies and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans • POLICIES – Energy and Sustainability Policy – Environmental Policy – Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling and Reuse Policy – Environmental Liabilities Reporting Policy – Water Conservation and Use Policy – Renewable Energy Policy (under development) – Green Construction Policy (under development) • PLANS – Water Action Plan – Energy Conservation and Management Plan (forthcoming) – Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (forthcoming)
  12. 12. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro 12 • Emissions Reduction Initiatives – Nation’s 1st and Largest Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fleet: >2,500 and growing • 97% less priority pollutant emissions compared to retired diesel buses • 100% CNG Fleet as of February 2011 – Newer vehicle technologies are always considered – Expansion of rail system that tap “Green” Power – All system vehicles have multi-mobility capabilities Clean Air and Climate Change Management
  13. 13. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro • LEED-NC Division 9 Transportation Building • LEED-NC Division 3 Maintenance Annex • LEED-EBOM Union Station Headquarters • Potential LEED-EBOM for 17 campuses • Solar Panel Installations and Energy Retrofits – About 2 MW of installed at FOUR Divisions – About 10,000 Metric Ton Yearly Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions Division 9 Building 213KW Chatsworth Sun Valley Carson Downtown LA 213KW 1000KW417KW+ + + Sustainable Infrastructure
  14. 14. Greener Operations- Sustainability Management System • Sustainability Management System would integrate and implement Metro’s environment, safety, and quality best management practices • Continuous improvement & positive impact on the environment, employees & customers • ISO 14001 certified Major Rail Maintenance Facility – First in the Nation • Expansion into all Bus and Rail Facilities PLAN CHECK DOACT Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro
  15. 15. Sustainability Indicators As A Tool Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro
  16. 16. Cost-Effectiveness as a Strategy < $14 / ton $ $300-900 / ton $$ >$1000 / ton Large GHG Benefit (> 10,000 MtCO2e/year) Ridesharing/Transit Programs for Employers Transit Oriented Development Vanpool Subsidy On-board Railcar Energy Storage Moderate GHG Benefit (1,000-10,000 MtCO2e/year) 45-foot Composite Buses Facility Lighting Efficiency $ Metro Employee Transit Subsidy $$ Bicycle Paths along Transit Corridors $$ Gasoline-Electric Hybrid Buses $$ Wayside Energy Storage Substation Small GHG Benefit (< 1,000 MtCO2e/year) Red Line Tunnel Lighting Retrofit Hybrid Non-Revenue Cars Recycled Water for Bus Washing Low Water Sanitary Fixtures $ Solar Panels $ Bike-to-Transit Commuter Incentives $$ Hybrid Non-Revenue Light Trucks
  17. 17. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Metro’s Recent Sustainability Successes Reduced priority air pollution per vehicle mile by more than 74% through the use of CNG buses Increased our renewable energy portfolio by more than 50% to one of transit’s largest in the nation, currently about 2MW of renewable energy power Began to reduce water use by a quarter of a million gallons per day over five years Partnership with local utility to use reclaimed water in buswashes About 44% of our generated waste are now recycled
  18. 18. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Continuing Environmental Leadership Partnerships with Federal, State, local, non-profits and other 3rd Party entities Regional Education and Awareness Green Construction Policy Renewable Energy Policy Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Energy Conservation and Management Plan
  19. 19. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Questions Cris B. Liban, D.Env., P.E. p: 213/922-2471 e/m: libane@metro.net For additional information: www.metro.net/sustainability 213/922-1100

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