Earth Day – April 22
Metrolink celebrated Earth Day this year by launching an inaugural Employee Sustainability Challenge. With the goal to inspire employees to provide low-cost and no-cost ways Metrolink can be more sustainable, more than 80 innovative submissions were received. The top entries awarded include:
- First Place
Install solar PV panels and battery back microgrid system at maintenance facilities
- Second Place
Partner with zero-emission mobility providers for first/last mile solutions for Metrolink riders.
- Third Place
Turn off lights, machines and unplug power strips at the end of each day to save electricity.
Car Free Day/Bike to Work Day – September 22
Car Free Day is an international event in which people of all ages are encouraged to move around the city without the use of a car. The campaign promotes using alternative modes such as public transit, carpooling, bicycles, walking and telecommuting which all help to reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, and save money. This year, Bike to Work Day will be celebrated in conjunction with Car Free Day. Bike to Work Day is a widespread event with countless bicyclists taking to the streets nationwide in an effort to get commuters to try bicycling to work as a fun, healthy, eco-friendly and safe alternative to driving alone. On September 22, Metrolink encouraged Southern California to participate in its #TakeTheTrain pledge and take Metrolink whenever they can throughout the year and leave their cars behind.
California Clean Air Day – October 7
A unified day of action to build new habits in clearing the air and improving the community health for all members of California. The Clean Air Pledge allows individuals and organizations to commit to do our part to clear the air, through actions big and small. Metrolink is a proud supporter of this campaign and encouraged all to take the pledge and make an impact to improve the air we breathe.
APTA Sustainability Pledge
Metrolink has officially made the pledge commitment and is achieving the core principles of the program by integrating sustainability into strategic objectives, developing an employee engagement program and establishing goals and targets for environmental reduction efforts. This program will serve as the foundational framework in building a comprehensive sustainability strategy and chart a course for continual environmental improvement to enhance the quality of life for the communities we serve
Transportation Electrification Partnership
An unprecedented multi-year partnership among local, regional,and state stakeholders to accelerate transportation electrification and zero emissions mobility and goods movement in the Greater Los Angeles region. As a participating member of the TEP, Metrolink actively contributes toward accelerating the Partnership’s progressive GHG and air pollution reduction goals by 2028.
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Connect SoCal Plan
SCAG worked collaboratively with Metrolink and other transportation agencies to develop a Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy called Connect SoCal. This comprehensive and transformative plan charts a path toward a more mobile, sustainable and prosperous region by making connections between transportation networks and land use strategies to improve the quality of life for Southern Californians. The plan includes policies, projects and programs at the intersection of land use, transportation and technology to close the gap and reach greenhouse gas reduction goals for the region.