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Go Green

At Metro Transit, every day is Earth Day! 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Friday, April 21, 2023 10:46:00 AM

A METRO C Line electric bus at Penn & Lowry in Minneapolis.

As Minnesota’s largest transit provider, we are helping the state reach its emissions reduction goal largely by providing people ways to get around without using a personal vehicle.  

But we are also making progress in other areas, including ongoing efforts to conserve energy, increase our use of wind- and solar-generated electricity, and transition to electric vehicles.  

In recognition of Earth Day, here are a few examples of how we’re becoming a more sustainable organization:  

🌎 At garages and other facilities, we will soon be replacing outdated equipment so we can keep a closer eye on energy use and move faster to address concerns.  

🌎 To support our transition to electric buses, we are advancing plans to bring charging equipment to the North Loop and East Metro garages.  

🌎 Advances in technology are making new buses increasingly fuel efficient, and a recent switch to synthetic oil has cut oil use in half.  

🌎 By the end of the year, we’ll have energy-efficient LED lighting in place at nearly all our facilities and stations.   

🌎 We are keeping material out of landfills by expanding our recycling and composting program. 

Of course, there is always more we can do.  

To provide a more detailed roadmap, we are developing a sustainability plan that will cover a variety of strategies we’ll use to become more environmentally friendly.  

And we are working with partners across the Metropolitan Council to implement the Climate Action Work Plan, which describes how we’ll accelerate our emissions reduction efforts and prepare for climate change impacts.  

Thank you for doing your part to create a healthier environment by riding with us.  

Learn more about the Council’s commitment to climate action at