Elected officials and community leaders joined the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as it celebrated the completion of the Southwestern Yard, a $172-million rail maintenance facility that will serve the future Crenshaw/LAX Line and Metro Green Line.
The facility, which was designed and constructed by Hensel Phelps Herzog (HPH), was built to attain LEED Silver Certification. It features pollution reducing construction processes, easy access to public transportation, treatment of storm water runoff, the use of low-emitting paints and other materials, and energy-saving lighting and air conditioning.
“The Southwestern Yard facility is a much-needed asset for Metro’s rail operations team and will be used to bring quality and reliable service to this region using advanced technologies,” remarked Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Both the Crenshaw/LAX and Green lines will benefit from this facility, which will also help Metro deliver great service and an enhanced customer experience.”
The 115,000-square-foot facility will be used to maintain and inspect light rail vehicles. Other work at the yard will include body repairs, painting, storage and cleaning and washing. The facility will also house general administration and support service staff, miscellaneous maintenance shops and equipment housing and storage. The rail yard has the capacity to store 70 light rail vehicles and will have approximately 200 employees.
“This cutting-edge facility is a great example of Metro’s commitment as an international leader in environmental and sustainable practices,” said Sheila Kuehl, L.A. County supervisor and Metro board chair. “Metro is supporting progressive programs and minimizing the kind of environmental impacts that can result from the planning, construction and operation of one of the largest and fastest growing transportation systems in the country.”
“With all the green features incorporated into the Southwestern Yard, we continue to move in the right direction,” added Kuehl.
The Southwestern Yard is part of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.