Metro Transit Gets Greener

Metro Transit has been working hard to become greener, with quite a bit of success. The results were recently presented in a staff report to the Met Council, excerpted below.

Increasing bus MPG from 4.1 to 4.7 may not seem like much, but it’s a 15% improvement.

Buses aren’t the only area of improvement. Metro Transit owns 5 bus garages, an office building, two light rail facilities, a bus overhaul base and several ancillary buildings. Here’s how building energy use has decreased. They’re also investing in solar.

Overall energy use has decreased as ridership has risen. This table shows millions of BTUs per ride.


Aaron Isaacs

About Aaron Isaacs

Aaron retired in 2006 after 33 years as a planner and manager for Metro Transit, where he worked in route and schedule planning, operations, maintenance, transit facilities, light rail and traffic advantages for buses. He's an historian of transit, as a 40+ year volunteer with the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. He's co-author of Twin Cities by Trolley, The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and author of Twin Ports by Trolley on Duluth-Superior.