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Santa Clara VTA sets sustainability targets

To meet its fleet energy consumption goals, VTA will consider using renewable energy sources for electricity used to power light-rail vehicles.
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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) board last week approved a sustainability plan to guide the California agency's actions through fiscal-year 2040. 

The plan outlines key performance indicators with short-term and long-term targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, criteria air pollutants, building and fleet energy consumption, water usage and waste diversion.  

The agency plans to reduce its GHG emissions by 90 percent and fleet energy consumption by 60 percent by FY2040, according to the plan document.

To meet its fleet energy targets, VTA is transitioning its bus fleet to zero-emission vehicles and will consider using renewable energy sources for electricity used to power light-rail vehicles and facilities.

In addition to setting internal targets, VTA officials are considering what the agency can do externally to reduce regional GHG emissions, they said in a press release.

Efforts such as promoting countywide bike and pedestrian projects, and transit-oriented developments will be essential, officials said.

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