Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area

Sustainability Initiatives

Valley Metro is committed to advancing regional livability by operating a safe, efficient, equitable and environmentally responsible public transportation service. In April 2015, the agency received Bronze level status in the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Sustainability Commitment. Here are just a few ways that Valley Metro helps reduce, reuse and recycle.

Reduce

Solar panels at Operations & Maintenance CenterSolar energy powers the Valley Metro Rail Operations and Maintenance Center. The solar plant, which opened in April 2015, is comprised of 2,800 solar voltaic panels spanning 1.15 acres, mounted at ground-level and on parking lot shade canopies. It’s capable of generating 1.3 million Kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings annually, or enough electricity to power 123 homes. Click here for real-time solar data.

Valley Metro’s wireless, paperless vehicle inspection system on buses saves 158,000 sheets of paper annually. The system automates required trip inspections and complies with federal inspection requirements using radio-frequency identification tags placed in critical vehicle inspection zones.

Reuse

Vehicle washing equipment is designed with water recycling features. Used water is captured and delivered through a solid waste separator for reuse. Each bus wash saves approximately 122 gallons or provides a 60 percent reduction in reoccurring fresh water usage.

SAPTA Bronze WInner

Recycle

The Valley Metro operations and maintenance facilities recycle batteries, oil and water. All batteries are returned to the vendors for recycling. Used oil is collected and transferred into properly labeled storage tanks for collection. Training and signage are provided to all users to avoid cross-contamination.

Green By Design

Find out more about daily activities to help preserve our planet.


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