LOS ANGELES - Metro inaugurated the opening of its new state-of-the-art bus maintenance and operation facility in downtown Los Angeles, known as Division 13.
The LEED gold certified building will serve as a bus maintenance, operations and service facility with a multi-level parking garage that accommodates 200 Compressed Natural Gas buses, fueling equipment, transportation offices and support areas. The 7.4 acre facility received $53.2 million in federal funding toward the $120 million total project cost.
The building's design incorporates many sustainable design features, including a 275,000 gallon cistern and pump that repurposes rainwater for bus washing and other uses. The rooftop features a garden with native California plants to combat storm water run-off and the urban heat island effect.
Metro Board member and Councilman Paul Krekorian noted that Division 13 is a major investment in bus transit for the region, which is part of a holistic approach to transportation in the county. "Metro is also improving highways across L.A. County to help ease traffic and we are preparing to open two new rail extensions this year," said Krekorian. "Today commuters have more transportation choices than ever before."