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MTS Opens Energy Efficient CNG Bus Facility

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) opened the East County Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility in nearby El Cajon, CA, to provide a new home for up to 120 CNG-powered buses.

“MTS is focused on improving all facets of our business to improve efficiency, reliability, passenger amenities and the air we breathe,” said MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski at recent dedication ceremonies. “The new East County Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility helps us achieve all those goals.”

A new CNG fueling station on site will allow MTS to replace diesel-fueled buses with CNG buses, which provide a 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, an 85 percent reduction in particulate matter pollution and an 89 percent decrease in carbon monoxide emissions.

MTS built the facility to LEED ­Silver standards, with energy-efficient designs and equipment that include on-site renewable energy, LED lighting, reflective windows, water use reduction techniques, drought-tolerant landscaping and temperature control technology. Employees based at the new facility, overseen by Transdev North America, include 115 bus operators and 14 mechanics.

The 34,500-square-foot maintenance building and 10,275-square-foot administrative building sit on 5.5 acres. The $38 million project was built with funds from MTS, an FTA competitive grant and the state Transit Development Act and Transit Assistance Program.

MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski, third from right, joined board members, state and local officials and other dignitaries at ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the East County Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility.

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