Los Angeles – Metrolink, Southern California’s commuter rail service, has been awarded a 2020 Sustainability Impact Award in Energy Management by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The award lauds the agency’s participation in LADWP’s Commercial Lighting Incentive Program which resulted in a 32.45 percent reduction in annual energy consumption through retrofitting and upgrading all building light fixtures at Metrolink’s Central Maintenance Facility.
“I’m very pleased our maintenance department’s energy management was recognized with this award,” said Metrolink CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins. “Not only did their work progress the agency’s sustainability efforts and contribute to the City of Los Angeles’ building energy reduction goals, the upgraded area at our CMF is now better illuminated, improving the safety and security for employees who work there at night.”
LADWP created the Sustainability Awards Program in 2016 to celebrate customers’ sustainability efforts. It recognizes its most impactful customers in energy efficiency, water conservation, demand response, renewables and electrification of transportation. Metrolink’s sustainability achievement along with the accomplishments of the other award recipients will be celebrated in a formal online awards ceremony later this month.
Metrolink is committed to protecting the environment in Southern California and enhancing the quality of life for people living in our communities. In Fiscal Year 2019, Metrolink removed 9.3 million car trips from the road, reducing vehicle miles travelled by over 339 million. This eliminates 130,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases which is the equivalent carbon captured by 153,000 acres of forest.
Metrolink’s sustainability efforts include being the first commuter rail system in the nation to operate new locomotives powered by Tier 4 clean technology, which reduces emissions by up to 85% compared to older locomotives. Additionally, Metrolink is currently conducting a study to analyze the future climate risks on Metrolink’s systemwide infrastructure and facilities, including those impacts anticipated on surrounding populations and disadvantaged communities. To learn more about To learn more about Metrolink’s many other sustainability efforts please visit Metrolinktrains.com/sustainability.
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Metrolink is Southern California's commuter rail service enabling people to connect to their jobs and explore all that the region has to offer. Every year, Metrolink has nearly 12 million boardings from people who choose to ride the train to avoid gridlock, removing an estimated 9.3 million vehicles from the roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 130,000 metric tons. Metrolink is the largest commuter rail agency in California and the third largest in the United States operating seven lines along a 538-mile network that travels across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.