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Contributing to the community

Green urban space

Overview

Buildings & Fleet

Programs & Community

 

 

 

 

Overview

Being a responsible corporate citizen is an essential part of the business of Metrolinx. Following the three pillars of our guiding plan – a strong economy, a cleaner environment and healthier communities – we are designing and building LEED certified facilities, adopting new, cleaner technologies, reducing resource use in our own operations, offering the community environmentally friendly transportation alternatives and conducting fundraising activities for community organizations.

Not content to rest on past successes, we are also setting the bar even higher for ourselves in the future. By 2016, we will have implemented a Sustainability Framework. As part of this, we will track our energy and water use, our emissions and waste generation and set new and ambitious targets to reduce our environmental footprint. By committing to LEED certification for all our new facilities, retrofitting our existing facilities, increasing our production of renewable energy, and identifying new ways to reduce fuel use from our fleets, we will continue to reduce our emissions, energy and water use from facilities and per passenger carried.

We are also working towards becoming full signatories of the International Association of Public Transport’s Charter for Sustainable Development and plan to attain Gold status under the American Public Transportation Association’s Sustainability Commitment.

Building & Fleet

GO Transit is moving towards using Tier 4 diesel trains, which will be the cleanest standard in the industry. It is anticipated they will be in use by 2015.

Also within our train services, the Air Rail Link (ARL) between Toronto Pearson and Union Station will connect the busiest airport in Canada with the busiest rail and transit hub, carrying two million passengers each year. Not only will the service reduce car trips – the equivalent of taking 1.2 million car trips off our roads in the first year of operation – but the ARL vehicles will be convertible to electric locomotives in the future.

Not only are we “greening” our fleet, we are also making our buildings more environmentally-friendly each year.

Pickering Station was designed and constructed to meet Silver LEED certification and includes features like geothermal heating.

Our maintenance facilities – Streetsville, Halton Hills and Brampton – were all constructed to a Silver LEED standard.

We have been including environmentally-friendly design features in our parking structures too, such as white reflective roof membranes; LED lighting; light harvesting; storm water management systems with infiltration chambers and bioswales.

Programs & Community

Metrolinx is providing alternative transportation and commuting options for people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

We estimate that by 2016, 18 million GO passengers will access stations by local transit, walking and cycling. One way we are helping is by making it easier than ever for passengers using GO Trains or GO Buses to ride their bikes. Many stations have facilities for locking up bikes. And the entire GO Bus fleet is equipped with bike racks so our passengers can ride to and from the stations.

Metrolinx also helps local employers and commuters explore different choices like carpooling, cycling and transit through the Smart Commute program. Our goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making commutes less expensive and more enjoyable. To date, 255 employers with more than 608,000 employees have signed on to the program.

The Stepping It Up project encourages the use of active and sustainable travel options at schools, such as walking, cycling, and carpooling for students and staff. Metrolinx plans to broaden the program to offer it to all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area school boards in the future.

We also have a proven record of supporting important community organizations through an annual United Way campaign and corporate fundraising for the Canadian Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts.