Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A bus operations and maintenance facility being built on Commercial Street in downtown Los Angeles will incorporate the latest “green” technology to improve air quality and efficiency of the city’s fleet, officials said Wednesday.

“The city of Los Angeles is leading the way in green technology and usage,” Councilman Jose Huizar said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility, which will handle operations, maintenance, fueling and storage for LADOT Transit’s DASH Downtown bus fleet.

“Whether through our new commercial building recycling program, our efforts to reduce energy use in high-use buildings or this new, state-of-the- art LADOT Central Bus Facility, we are not only becoming more efficient in our operations, we are doing all we can to go above-and-beyond in protecting the environment,” he said.

The facility’s central location will minimize unproductive miles when buses enter and leave service, saving thousands of dollars in operating costs, LADOT officials said.

The building will feature a solar power electrical generation system and a roof garden, in a design that has achieved gold status from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It will also use renewable natural gas fuel in the fleet’s busses and expand the charging infrastructure capability for electric vehicles being added to the fleet over the next two years.

“Cleaner air, energy efficiency and improved transportation can all go hand in hand,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “This new transit facility will improve and modernize our city’s transit system and shows what can be accomplished with partnership, innovation and a commitment to creating a more mobile, sustainable future.”

The facility is being jointly funded by the Federal Transit Administration and the city.

–City News Service 

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