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53 Metro is working to educate both its employees and the LYNX is installing a blending facility for biodiesel at public about the issue of climate change and the impact of its bus refueling station. The blending facility will consist Metro's service on GHG emissions. The agency is running of a tank for biodiesel and mechanisms to blend the fuel at an ad campaign to that end. One of the agency's ads is shown the point of refueling. With the blending facility, LYNX in Figure 24. Metro has developed a training program on will gradually convert its entire bus fleet to a mix of 20% sustainability awareness and is working with other regional biodiesel and 80% conventional diesel, which will replace learning institutions to further enhance the number of classes 800,000 to 1.2 million gallons of conventional diesel fuel that will deal with the issue of climate change. every year. The blending facility is funded by a renewable energy grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. LYNX targeted this particular initiative because it requires minimal changes to infrastructure, vehicles, and maintenance procedures. An additional benefit of the pro- gram will be greater fuel security for the agency, during times of restricted access to conventional fuels. LYNX will source its biodiesel from a local facility if possible. While GHG emissions reduced were not formally considered in planning and proposing the initiative, LYNX has roughly FIGURE 24 Metro marketing materials (Source : Metro calculated, using online calculators, that its use of biodiesel Sustainability Implementation Plan, Los Angeles County could save up to 26 million lb (11,813 metric tons) of CO2e Metropolitan Transportation Authority, June 2008, p. 11). emissions annually. LYNX (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) LYNX recognizes that reducing these emissions is con- sistent with state and local policies, even though no such policies place specific requirements on LYNX. Florida's The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, or Governor Charlie Crist issued an executive order requir- LYNX, is the transit agency for the region of Orlando, Flor- ing state agencies to reduce GHG emissions 10% by 2012, ida. More than 1.5 million people live within the area served increasing to 40% by 2025. Orange County, which is part of by LYNX. LYNX operates a fleet of 290 buses that support LYNX's core service area and is a key funding partner for 146 million passenger miles of travel annually. the agency, also has a GHG reduction policy. LYNX does not have any formal efforts to reduce GHG LYNX is considering compiling a GHG emissions inven- emissions, although the agency is gaining awareness of GHG tory. Depending on the cost and level of effort required, the issues. No staff person at the agency is assigned to GHG inventory might include emissions from all of the agency's issues. Still, LYNX is planning and implementing strategies functions, as well as displaced emissions. LYNX would like that likely will reduce GHG emissions, including expanded to be able receive credit for its biodiesel conversion strat- service, strategies to increase vehicle passenger loads, strat- egy under any future GHG emissions trading schemes, but egies to reduce congestion and promote compact develop- it is not clear how an emissions inventory might support that ment, and strategies to reduce emissions from the agency's goal. The agency may or may not report emissions to a cli- fleet and facilities. mate registry.