The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has opened a $120-million state-of-the-art facility near Union Station for fueling, repairing and parking its growing fleet of buses.
Supervisor and Metro Board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas led the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Division 13 Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility, built with eco-friendly innovations.
“We prioritized both form and function,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “Beyond ensuring that buses operate safely and reliably, Division 13 stands as a model of great design and sustainability.”
Constructed over three years, Division 13 features skylights and white-colored interiors that reflect light, reducing the need for electricity. Making it even more energy-efficient are solar arrays mounted on the rooftop and façade, as well as shade structures and natural ventilation.
Beneath the facility is a 275,000-gallon cistern with a system of pumps and filters that reuse rainwater for washing buses. On the roof is a garden with native California plants that prevent storm water run-off and the urban heat island effect.
Division 13 is also distinguished by a unique artwork entitled El Aliso de Los Angeles, commemorating a centuries-old tree that used to stand near the site. Created by Christine Ulke, it features a massive graphite pencil rendering on translucent panels that are lit from within, emulating a lantern.
Metro Chief Executive Officer Phillip Washington said, “This advanced facility is a concrete example of how innovative thought can go from the drawing board to the street corner. We are committed to many more forward-thinking projects like this one.”