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Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative


Going Green

GreenDOT is a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; promote health transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit; and support smart growth development. South Coast Rail incorporates many GreenDOT principles by featuring green design elements.

Greenhouse Gas Reductions

South Coast Rail will take cars off the road, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.  In addition, the implementation of the smart growth goals of the project, mapped out in the Corridor Plan, will encourage walkable downtown and village development and discourage sprawl.  Residents will be able to reduce their daily driving by having other options to get to their desired locations – by riding the train, walking or bicycling.

Green Energy and Efficiency

Green energy technologies are woven into the project design. Electric trains are zero emission vehicles and are expected to reduce corridor air pollution emissions when compared with diesel trains. Electric energy can be sourced from wind power and other green sources.

Other potential renewable energy elements include wind turbines at stations, parking lots roofed by solar panels, and trains that meet the needs of the 21st as well was the 22nd centuries.

South Coast Rail also intends to enhance its green impact by creating modern, energy-efficient stations with integrated green energy technologies.

Open Space Preservation

By identifying specific priority development and preservation areas, South Coast Rail’s smart growth design techniques will funnel development in places where it is most appropriate, while preserving land and natural resources

Environmentally Friendly Station Construction

Increasing transportation choices and reducing emissions are not the only green benefits of South Coast Rail. Recycled, reused and local materials and buildings will be utilized whenever possible in the construction of the rail line to reduce waste. Stations will be built according to Low Impact Development standards, using new techniques to minimize runoff, recharge groundwater, and protect the water quality of the South Coast.

Other Green Design Elements and Benefits

South Coast Rail will also respond to rising temperatures and sea levels by locating stations strategically. Wildlife tunnels in waterway crossing infrastructure will allow species to migrate and preserve wildlife corridors.
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