With a smart growth approach, South Coast Rail will have a number of environmental benefits, from reduced emissions to open space preservation.
South Coast Rail will improve regional air quality. With fewer cars on
the road, there will be approximately 256,000 fewer vehicle miles
traveled per day, the equivalent of a car traveling around the world 10
times a day! This saves the equivalent of 565 barrels of oil every day
. The project will reduce greenhouse gases by approximately 61,000 tons of CO2 per year.
Energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are woven into the
project design. Learn more about how the project is Going Green
strategies will help preserve the region’s natural resources by protecting farms, forests, wetlands and fields from sprawling development. South Coast Rail will result in 10,000 fewer acres of open space consumed, including 6,000 acres of forest land
. Regional planning agencies have been working with communities to identify areas best suited for protection, called Priority Protection Areas (PPAs), and areas conducive to development, called Priority Development Areas (PDAs).
For more information about environmental impacts and benefits, read about the environmental review process