In the Californian city of San Diego, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) celebrated the grand opening of the East County Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility last week, furthering the agency’s role in improving regional air quality. The facility includes a new Compressed Natural Gas filling station and will be home to 120 clean-burning Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses.
The new CNG fueling station will allow MTS to replace diesel-fueled buses with CNG-fueled buses, which provide a 50 percent reduction in NOx emissions, an 85 percent reduction in particulate matter pollution and an 89 percent decrease in CO emissions.
The 34,500-square-foot maintenance building and 10,275-square-foot administrative building were built at a cost of $38 million from MTS funds, a Federal Transit Administration competitive grant secured by MTS, Transit Development Act (state) and State Transit Assistance Program funds.
“Bringing CNG to East County at a modern, energy efficient facility is exactly what our region needs for air quality improvements” said SANDAG Board Chair Ron Roberts, who also sits on the California Air Resources Board.
The new facility, built to LEED Silver standards, serves East County’s urbanized area along the Interstate 8 (I-8) corridor, as well as rural and unincorporated areas in the county. It employs 115 bus operators and 14 mechanics who will provide bus service for more than 4 million riders annually. It has eight maintenance service bays for the CNG buses.
(Source: San Diego MTS)