The Commonwealth is committed to designing and building a model green project. We expect to:
- Reduce greenhouses gases.
South Coast Rail will take cars off the road, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the implementation of the smart growth goals of the project, through the Corridor Plan, will encourage downtown and village development and discourage urban sprawl. This will enable residents to reduce their daily driving and take the equivalent of a car driving around the world 20 times every day off the road.
- Green energy and efficiency.
Rail is a much more energy-efficient way to travel than driving, and South Coast Rail intends to enhance its green impact by creating modern, energy-efficient stations with integrated green energy technologies, like parking lots roofed with solar panels.
- Environmentally-friendly station construction.
We will use recycled, reused, and local materials and buildings in the creation of the rail line, which will not only keep jobs in the area and add a regional aesthetic to the project, it will also reduce waste. Stations will also be built according to low-impact development standards, using new techniques to minimize runoff, recharge groundwater, and protect the water quality of the South Coast.