Making Transit More Sustainable
Part of what makes transit great is that it’s an environmentally responsible way to get around. Bus lines and train routes bring a host of sustainable benefits to the Portland area, and we’re always coming up with ways to do more.
Transit’s big here.
Here in the Portland area, we drive our cars less than other metro areas our size, and we have shorter commute times and lower congestion costs to show for it. Choosing transit over driving eliminates over 200,000 daily car trips and reduces carbon emissions by over 60 percent compared to driving alone.
Making Your Ride More Sustainable
Bioswales filter and slow stormwater runoff, and the innovative eco-track project at the SW Lincoln/3rd Ave MAX Station provides a vegetated trackway that reduces runoff and flooding.
The solar panel array near Portland State University — the largest in Downtown Portland — generates 64,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and saves tons of CO2 every year. We’ve also installed solar panels on Orange Line shelters.
We’re testing out five all-electric buses that will be powered by 100 percent wind energy — a first in the US transit industry. They begin service in 2019 and if things go well, we plan to purchase another 80 in the coming years.
The innovative electronic cooling system found on our newer buses reduces engine drag, maximizes horsepower and improves fuel economy by up to 10%. It also won us a Clean Air Excellence Award from the EPA.
MAX Regenerative Braking
The energy created as Orange Line trains brake — which would otherwise be lost as heat — is stored in supercapacitors and put back into the MAX system to keep voltage stable, reducing power outages that can cause service disruptions.
We’re always thinking about more ways to reduce our footprint.
SW Corridor Plan
Habitat corridors, environmental restoration and renewable energy districts are all proposed as part of the new light rail line between Portland and Tigard. Learn more
We’ve got five coming into service in 2019, and many more on the way. The new bus line will also be the first in the US to be completely powered by wind energy. Learn more