Bus service provides a public benefit to riders across NYC and contributes to the economic health of the entire New York Metropolitan Area. The depots that store the buses, however, produce toxic emissions and other pollution that endanger the physical health and lowers quality of life for people who must live around them.
In September 2008, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, the Mother Clara Hale Community Task Force (MCHCTF) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) joined together in a historic process in order to create a cooperative vision for the rebuilding of the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot.
This groundbreaking collaboration transformed a former pollution source and burden of the quiet Central Harlem neighborhood into a shining example of green transit infrastructure.
In addition to incorporating sustainable technology, as part of the “makeover,” the MTA included an artwork installation that would honor the local community and the depot’s namesake Mother Clara Hale, and incorporated an employment agreement, that would encourage involving local training, hiring and contracting.
The bus depot officially re-opened on November 20th, 2014.