"Only when we consider and include the connections between
environmental, social, and economic value in our processes and
decision-making can we deliver fully on our mission."
Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx
By its very nature, providing reliable, safe and accessible
public transportation brings environmental and social benefits.
These benefits include reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved
air quality, less traffic congestion, and wider access to jobs,
markets, education, healthcare, and social opportunities.
At Metrolinx, our mandate is transforming mobility across the GTHA. The Regional Transportation Plan
guides the work being done to provide an integrated
transportation system that contributes to a high quality-of-life, a
strong, prosperous and competitive economy, and a protected
environment – now and in the future. Advancing this work remains our
priority and a significant way that we contribute to sustainable
We also want to ensure that we are embedding
sustainability into our culture,
policies and decision-making
processes. The Metrolinx Sustainability Strategy (2015-2020) builds
the Regional Transportation Plan by focusing on how Metrolinx can plan, build and operate to achieve
meaningful progress towards sustainability in areas that are
not addressed in existing Metrolinx strategies and plans. It helps us think
differently about how we build infrastructure, manage our
operations, and serve the growing communities of the GTHA, and gives
us a common understanding of how
we will measure and track our sustainability efforts.
We invite you to download the Metrolinx Sustainability Strategy,
and to engage in our sustainability journey by sending your feedback
and comments directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the 2015-2020 Metrolinx Five Year Strategy, Metrolinx
committed to achieving full signatory status for the International
Association of Public Transport’s Sustainability Charter by 2016 and
Gold status on American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA)
Sustainability Commitment by 2017. In April 2015, Metrolinx became
one of twelve North American public transportation agencies to
achieve APTA’s Gold sustainability status, two years ahead of our
Our Sustainability Goals
The Sustainability Strategy focuses on five priority goals. Within
each goal, actions and measures of success for 2015 – 2020 have been
defined. Beyond 2020, we will continue to maintain our commitment to
sustainability and continuous improvement.
Goal 1: Become Climate Resilient
Climate change continues to present a complex challenge for the region and transit operators. As committed to in the 2015-2020 Metrolinx Five Year Strategy , we are developing a corporate Climate Adaptation Plan. We recognize that ensuring reliable and safe service goes hand-in-hand with understanding and mitigating risks related to changing weather patterns resulting from climate change. These include more severe heat waves, increased snow fall, higher rainfall and flooding, and more frequent ice storms.
We are working toward managing and mitigating risks by building our physical infrastructure, and operating our transit network in a manner that is adaptable and resilient to future climatic conditions. We do this by:
- Incorporating climate resiliency language and requirements into procurement contracts;
- Utilizing state-of-the-art assessment tools to understand the vulnerability of assets; and
- Collaborating with internal and external experts to ensure we take a holistic approach to developing the Climate Adaptation Plan.
here to learn more about how Metrolinx is working to build a climate resilient transportation system across the GTHA.
Goal 2: Reduce Energy Use and Emissions
Along with enhancing climate resiliency, we are putting projects in place to mitigate climate change by reducing the energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria air contaminants of facilities and operations. The corporate Energy and Emissions Management Plan guides this work and includes actions to track and improve the energy efficiency of our fleet, facilities and stations. We do this by:
- Investing in new technologies, including cogeneration and tri-generation systems and LED lighting retrofits;
- Optimizing processes through a new online Utility Data Management System; and
- Engaging employees by training and empowering operating divisions to identify, plan and report on their own energy and emissions management projects.
Metrolinx has been recognized for our successes in engaging our staff on energy management. Check out this video from the Canadian Urban Transit Association on Metrolinx’s Excellence in Energy Management.
here to learn more about how Metrolinx is reducing its energy use and GHG emissions.
Goal 3: Integrate Sustainability in our Supply Chain
Metrolinx has a unique ability and responsibility to consider the sustainability impacts in its supply chain and from purchasing decisions. We are working to establish criteria for evaluating contracts and purchasing through a sustainability lens.
Further, since 2009, we have been certifying our stations and facilities to Canadian Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. To date, we have five LEED Gold and two LEED Silver certified stations and facilities. This number will continue to grow, with a number of projects currently under construction aiming for LEED Silver or Gold certification.
here to learn more about how Metrolinx is integrating sustainability into its purchasing decisions.
Goal 4: Minimize Impact on Ecosystems
Along with building a transportation network to serve the needs of the region, we want to also understand our impact on the natural environment to ensure that we may avoid, or take any necessary steps, to mitigate adverse effects. We work closely with the Province, conservation authorities, and other stakeholders to ensure that management of water and the impact of climate change are evidence-based, practical, and robust.
here to learn more about how Metrolinx is working to protect ecosystems and the natural environment.
Goal 5: Enhance Community Responsibility
As we continue to build transit infrastructure, we recognize our responsibility, and the opportunity, to leverage our significant investment in the GTHA to create lasting social and economic value for the communities in which we work. In 2013, Metrolinx established a Community Benefits Framework with the Toronto Community Benefits Network for the Toronto Light Rail Projects, including the Eglinton Crosstown.
Click here to learn more about how Metrolinx is working to enhance community relationships and benefits.
Innovation and New Mobility
Metrolinx is playing a critical role in building and expanding
the regional transit network of the GTHA, We must be open to
thinking differently about how we plan, build, operate and connect
in order to remain at the forefront of a sustainable urban transit
The focus of our innovative thinking is on helping people move
around the GTHA and access transit as seamlessly and efficiently as
possible. Many of our parking lots are at or nearing capacity and we
need new ways of getting people to our stations to accommodate
growth. Metrolinx is exploring how new business models, the sharing
economy, technology advancements, and active transportation can
improve the way people travel and connect to public transit. In
partnership with Smart Commute,
we are looking at opportunities to support a sustainable and
integrated transportation system that emphasizes walking, biking,
carpooling and transit.
In support of the review of the Regional Transportation Plan, background research has been prepared to help understand the impacts New Mobility services will have on the region:
Creating a Culture of Innovation
Innovation starts with our employees and it is embedded in our core values: Serve with Passion, Think Forward, and Play as a Team. Metrolinx continues to foster new approaches to sharing, recognizing, and celebrating innovation in order to encourage creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among our employees.
To date, we have established an employee mentorship program, an
awards program to recognize innovation within the organization, an Inspiring Speaker series,
and change management training. We also launched Ideas@Work, an internal collaboration platform for all employees to share
new ideas and spark discussion on how we can enhance efficiency,
increase productivity, reduce costs, and create a safer work
As our journey in sustainability and innovation continues, please connect with us at
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