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An Energy Efficient Makeover for D.C.-Area Public Transit

D.C. Metro has a plan to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption by building to LEED green building standards and buying electric buses.
April 25, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) introduced its first Energy Action Plan to reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and long-term operating costs," reports Katie Pyzyk.

The energy action plan calls for electric buses and new LEED-certified facilities, requiring a five-year investment of $65 million. The agency plans to redesign its Potomac Yard Metrorail station in Alexandria, Virginia to be the first-ever LEED-certified transit station. That station is proximate to the future location of Amazon's second headquarters.

The WMATA is pitching the Energy Action Plan as an investment that will pay long-term dividends in cost savings--$16 million in energy costs savings each year, "and another $13 million in savings on operations and maintenance by 2025," according to Pyzyk.

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Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Smart Cities Dive
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