Sustainability

Metro's Sustainability Initiatives

Energy Management | Sustainability Initiative

WMATA is at a critical point where significant improvements must be made to provide the safe, effective and reliable service our region deserves. The actions we take to improve the system in the long term help get riders out of their cars and onto our trains and buses, and as a result reduce greenhouse gas emissions region wide.

WMATA's plan of action focuses on three areas: increased safety and security, improved service reliability, and financial stability to get Back2Good. WMATA is committed to incorporating sustainable practices as we rebuild. Sustainability can lead to real financial savings and increase the value that Metro provides to the region. Our new rail cars, buses, and facility improvements are helping WMATA lead the way.

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Metro's Sustainability Targets

Sustainability Projects

Videos

Sustainable Parking Lot LED Light Upgrades

Metro has reduced energy consumption at its parking garages by nearly 70% through high efficiency Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting upgrades.

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Sustainable Water Treatment Facility

Metro's Largo Water Treatment Facility produces approximately 20,000 kWh of energy each year. The facility pumps an estimated 27,000 gallons of water per day from Metrorail tunnels near the Largo Town Center Station.

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  • Station Chiller Upgrades
    Metro has on ongoing program to upgrade chillers at underground stations to modern energy efficient technology. Watch video to learn more.
  • High Efficiency Track Switch Heaters
    Metro is testing a new equal cost, more reliable, and more efficient switch heater technology anticipated to save $135,000 annually if adopted system wide. Learn more about efficient switch heaters
  • Chiller Water Treatment and Monitoring.
    This project utilizes technology to reduce water consumption, remotely monitor equipment, and extend the life of Metro's station chiller systems. Learn more about water treatment and monitoring
  • Wayside Battery Storage Pilot.
    Metro recently finished testing technology to capture excess energy from railcar braking through wayside battery storage. Learn more about wayside battery storage | View the pilot final report
  • Download Metro's On Site Solar Generation Summary Report