Not taking your car and using the commuter train is already somewhat eco-friendly. So, commuter trains are environment-friendly by nature but San Francisco is taking the game up a notch. Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART revealed a policy that will gradually power the trains completely by renewable energy.
The start will be modest by limiting CO2 emissions now through 2024. But after that, the plan will become more rapid. By 2025 half of the energy needs to come from renewable energy sources. 90% of the energy sources needs to come from low or zero-carbon sources. By 2035 all of them needs to be from zero-carbon sources. Complete reliance on renewable sources would come by 2045.
The energy revolution is not fast but BART notes that this has the potential to outperform California’s plans for a standard of 50 percent renewable energy use by 2030. This improvement will also have a positive effect on the San Francisco city as well. The commuter train system uses more power than the entire city of Alameda that’s over 400,000MW/h per year so the 2025 target will help a lot.
This shift to renewable energy by BART is not only for the commuter trains but also for the entire infrastructure. The area’s Caltrain service has already made its own pledge to use renewable energy, but it’s still using diesel trains where BART’s vehicles are completely electric.
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