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Metro Receives Stimulus Funds for Red Line Subway Train

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Cyclists wait at the Hollywood & Vine Station | Photo by GarySe7en via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr

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But don't get too excited, the money from the feds going to the transit line is not for extending it northbound towards Burbank airport or anything close to that. Today's announcement from is about reducing energy consumption. The White Explains in a press release:

The transit agency will use the $4.5 million grant to install a wayside energy storage substation (WESS)—which captures energy produced by braking a train and transfers it back to the same train or another train when it starts or accelerate—on the high-speed heavy rail subway Red Line. The nearby traction power substation will be switched off when the WESS is operating. This technology reduces the demand for energy and saves power for use during peak times.

The Recovery Act money comes via the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant program under the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Other local transit agencies receiving energy reduction funding include Santa Clarita and the North San Diego County Transit District. $2 million will go to San Diego to install solar power in a variety of facilities while Santa Clarita will receive $4.6 million to install solar panels on the roofs of canopies where inter-city and commuter buses are stored.