WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A new Metrobus depot is doing more than servicing the buses. It's also helping the environment.
The state-of-the-art bus depot in Southwest Washington D.C. opened on Friday. The Shepherd Parkway Metrobus Division can hold up to 250 buses but will start with 114. The facility will also have a maintenance and administration building, bus wash, bays for repairs and parking and storage for buses.
The depot will also have a natural gas fueling station next spring.
Metro officials say the Shepherd Parkway will be Metro's first building with US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. The facility contains "a storm water filtration system, white roof, drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures and lighting system with occupancy sensors," according to Metro. Other features that help with its green status include being a 1/4 mile away from a bus stop and bicycle and fuel efficient car parking.
Officials say approximately 400 workers will work at the facility, which replaces the Southeastern Metrobus Division that closed in 2008.