Trimet Celebrates Greener Bus Facility

Like New Deal funds administered through the Works Progress Administration to upgrade the nation’s highway system during the Great Depression, a significant amount of stimulus funding has gone to fund green transportation projects during the Great Recession–among them, a recently-completed $10.6 million Westside facility for Trimet’s LIFT operations in Beaverton, Oregon,  just west of Portland.

“This stimulus project represents a win-win-win for TriMet,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane, in a statement. He goes on to note that with this project, Trimet replaced outdated facilities, built a sustainable and permanent home for LIFT operations and put people to work. (The program’s operations were previously conducted out of a rented space.)

Trimet Merlo/LIFt opening

image via Trimet

Trimet’s new Westside LIFT facility is home to 120 operators who provide 265,000 door-to-door trips on an annual basis for those unable to ride regular fixed-route bus service due to age or disability. A fuel and wash facility was also built at the Merlo Bus Yard adjacent the LIFT building in order to service the program’s vehicles.

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle noted that the new LIFT building includes a number of sustainable design features, including 96 solar panels, high-efficiency utilities and extensive natural daylighting.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.