Passenger Transport June 2017 Vol 75 No 11 - 16

2017 RAIL CONFERENCE

CA HSR Promotes Green
MARTA Adds Bike Racks,
Practices and Sustainability Repair Facilities

T

he California High-Speed Rail
Authority project, the nation's
first high-speed rail program,
continues to speed along with more
than 119 miles of work now underway
in central California.
The first operating segment will connect Silicon Valley to the Central Valley
with passenger service expected to begin
in 2025, followed by connections from
San Francisco to Los Angeles and Anaheim by 2029.
The authority is taking a sustainable
approach when it comes to the design,
construction and operation of the system using practices that reflect California's historically progressive approach to
protecting the environment, advancing
social equity and achieving long-term
economic prosperity.
Currently, five of the nation's 10 most
polluted cities are in the Central Valley
and more than 20 percent of children

in that area have asthma. Our construction contractors are building the system
in ways that reduce greenhouse gases
and other air pollutants and increase
recycling. Early results show that the
program has prevented emissions during
construction, including the use of Tier 4
construction equipment-the cleanest
in the nation. That means our construction sites are trending about 40 percent
cleaner than the average site.
We also recycle 100 percent of concrete and steel and 75 percent of everything else. Through the end of 2016,
we kept almost 99 percent of construction waste out of landfills-equivalent
to more than 65,000 tons of materials.
As the high-speed rail system is
built, expanded and integrated with
other rail systems around the state,
increasing numbers of Californians
will choose to switch from driving
and flying to traveling by train-trains
powered by renewable energy with
net-zero emissions.
This type of "mode shift" typically occurs when high-speed rail is
introduced in markets with a high
demand for travel, as is the case
among California's major population
and employment centers. By 2040,
the system is expected to reduce vehicle miles traveled by car by almost
10 million every day.
To learn more about our sustainThe California High-Speed Rail Authority uses
able practices, please go to www.hsr.
sustainable practices in its design, construction and
operations, including at this construction site showing ca.gov, click on Newsroom and then
Studies and Reports.
the Fresno Trench and Route 180.

T

he Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid
Transit Authority (MARTA)
recently installed new bike racks
and repair stands at 37 rail stations in an
effort to improve first- and last-mile connectivity and better accommodate passengers biking to and from the stations.
Each biking kiosk is equipped with
newly installed bike racks, fix-it stands
and tire pumps, making way for nearly
500 bikes to be parked throughout the
system at any given time. Users can
inflate flat tires, tighten handlebars and
perform general bike maintenance and
repair at the kiosks.
The kiosks join the bike racks already
available on the entire MARTA bus fleet
in accommodating bicyclists on board
the system.
"Our new bike racks help us accom-

modate a growing population of commuters who are looking for alternative
means to get from point A to point B,"
said MARTA General Manager/Chief
Executive Officer Keith Parker. "All of
our new bike racks are located within the
fare gates, protected from the elements
and under our security surveillance system."
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition assisted
MARTA with implementing the initial
phase of the bike kiosks. "The I-85 collapse underscores the importance of
prioritizing transportation options that
improve access for people who bike,
walk and use transit," said Bennett Foster of the bicycle coalition. "The more
options we have, the less vulnerable we
are to sudden shocks to our transportation network."

LOS ANGELES METRO CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
with options that would increase the
order to 282 subway cars. This contract
will create approximately 50 local jobs
and generate up to $38 million in local
wages and benefits. A new facility will
be located in the LA County region to
manufacture major components for propulsion, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems.
Thirty of the base order cars will be
used to replace existing Metro Red and
Purple Line trains now traveling among
downtown Los Angeles, North Hollywood and the Mid-Wilshire District west

Valley Metro Rail
Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, AZ

of downtown. The remaining 34 will
be part of the fleet on the Metro Purple
Line subway's first four-mile segment,
from the Mid-Wilshire District to Beverly Hills, when the line officially opens
in 2023.
Metro's objective is making more
railcars available to provide safe, reliable
and comfortable service for our patrons.
However, as is often the case with infrastructure projects, creating good-paying
jobs and creating a new middle class is
a huge benefit for our region and the
nation.

No. 7 Subway Line Extension
New York, NY

Foothill Gold Line
Pasadena to Montclair, CA

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