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 Sustainability in Action Tours

All tours are on Sunday, July 31, beginning at 12:00 p.m. outside the hotel.

Metro Support Services Center

Metro’s Support Services Center (MSSC) has the largest solar installation in Los Angeles. The complex also features 4000 new energy efficient lights, a new air compression system and new HVAC, all controlled by an energy management system. These changes cut the electric bill by 67 percent. Metro’s RRC is the greenest rebuild center in the nation. The project was completed with a public private partnership with no upfront cost, plus a ten-year guarantee on power savings.

Tour participants will also see the latest technology using robots to store, retrieve and deliver parts directly to the mechanics and journeymen involved in the repair or refurbishment of the buses and mechanical components. View this and more at this center, where a bus can be rebuilt from the axles up, one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Tour Time: 2.5 hours

El Monte Station and Metro Division 9 Operations Building

El Monte Station is a $60 million project to construct a new and expanded bus transit station for El Monte, but is also the first phase of Metro and El Monte’s plans for joint development of a “transit village”. The station will open in July 2012 and will see approximately 30,000 passengers per day when constructed. The facility will contain two levels built over 8 acres, the top level for Express service which connects directly to the El Monte Busway and the lower level for local service, with a Transit Store, Bike Station, and retail facilities. The facility will be built in accordance with LEED standards, and has been designed to achieve Gold certification. The building will contain drought-tolerant landscaping, energy-efficient LED lighting, recycled building materials, and low-water use strategies, and during construction will achieve over 75% recycling of construction wastes. Tour participants will receive a briefing from the architect on sustainability strategies during construction and operations, and view the in-process construction of this massive bus transit project.

Tour participants will than go next door and view Metro’s Division 9 Operations building, which was completed in 2008 and was our first LEED-certified building achieving a Gold rating. The building is home to approximately 400 bus operators and administrative staff operating a fleet of 230 buses, and also contains the headquarters of Los Angeles County’s paratransit provider, Access Services. The tour will provide a glimpse into the function of Metro’s transit operations,

but will also focus on the sustainable features of the building such as day-lighting, recycled building materials, energy-efficient lighting and ventilation systems, water-saving strategies, drought-tolerant landscaping, and other features.

After touring the Division 9 building, participants will receive a short briefing from Metro joint development and City of El Monte staff regarding the next phase of the project, the El Monte Gateway joint development project, which is California’s first proposed bus-oriented transit development. This project will be constructed by the City of El Monte on Metro-controlled parking lots, and will include affordable and market-rate housing, retail, and commercial office buildings, all coordinated with the new El Monte Station and the Silver Line transit service.

Tour Time: 2.5 hours

Metro Red Line Transit Oriented Development

The Metro Joint Development Program encourages comprehensive planning and development around station sites and along transit corridors. The program seeks to reduce automobile use and congestion through the encouragement of transit linked development. Developments included in the tour along the Metro Red Line:

  • Wilshire/Vermont: Featuring 52,000 square feet devoted to retail and restaurants, a 50,000 square foot market, 6,500 square feet for retail kiosks and a middle school for 350 students.
  • Hollywood/Vine: Featuring an apartment complex with over 400 units including affordable units, retail space and a 300 room W Hotel with an additional 143 W Condominiums.
  • Hollywood/Highland: Featuring a six screen movie theater. Over 70 retail shops, restaurants, a Grand Ballroom operated year-round by Wolfgang Puck and a TV studio. The complex hosts the Academy Awards ® ceremonies in the 3,500 seat Kodak Theatre and includes the 640 room Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and a 3,000-space underground parking garage.

Tour Time: 3 hours

Metro Orange Line Busway Tour/Bike Tour

Experience the latest innovation in bus rapid transit technology and take a multi-modal journey to see how transit is greening Los Angeles in an area that has been defined by wide arterials and suburban sprawl. The Metro Orange Line is a dedicated transit-way (currently being expanded) that includes a bikeway and pedestrian paths linking the San Fernando Valley to North Hollywood and the urban core of Los Angeles.

The tour begins at the Omni Hotel, where participants will travel by bus to the Chatsworth Metrolink Station to see how a previous rail right-of-way is being transformed into a world class BRT project with accompanying dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path. Then travel by bus for 4 miles past the corridor now under construction to the existing Orange Line BRT/bikeway. From there, enjoy a leisurely, flat 5 mile bike ride or take the Metro Liner to Balboa Park, stopping along the way to hear about the planning, design, construction, and operation elements that are making the Orange Line a model for sustainability, including:

  • Integrated bike and transit planning
  • Green design
  • Technology
  • Community mitigations
  • Orange Line Sustainable Corridor Implementation Strategy—inter-agency housing, health, economic development and mobility planning

Please wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. Day temperatures in the San Fernando Valley can reach above 90 degrees F. Bikes provided.

Tour Time: 3 hours

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