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Metrolinx Receives APTA Gold Recognition

TORONTO: June 26, 2015 – Metrolinx has received a prestigious Gold Level recognition from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for its achievements in environmental, social and economic sustainability.

This recognition is given to public transit agencies and businesses that commit to implementing processes and actions that create continuous improvements in the area of sustainability through the APTA Sustainability Commitment program.

“We’re very pleased to receive this recognition,” said Metrolinx President and CEO Bruce McCuaig. “Developing and implementing an integrated transportation system for our region that enhances environmental, social, and economic sustainability is a key priority for us at Metrolinx.” This recognition is a strong testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees who do their best every day to ensure we are improving our sustainable impacts on the region.”

The Metrolinx Five-Year Strategy (2015-2020) commits to receiving APTA Gold recognition in 2017, and by receiving recognition this year, Metrolinx has reached its goal two years ahead of schedule.

This award recognizes that between the fiscal years of 2012-13 and 2013-14, Metrolinx made substantial improvements on our environmental footprint, including lowering our water consumption by 14 per cent, criteria air pollutants emissions by 9 per cent, greenhouse gas emissions by 5.4 per cent, and waste generation by 3.8 per cent.

“Congratulations to Metrolinx for attaining Gold Level recognition in the APTA Sustainability Commitment Program,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “The Metrolinx employees and GTHA residents should be proud of the leadership that Metrolinx has demonstrated in the sustainability arena. It is only 1 of 12 public transportation systems in North America to receive this prestigious recognition.”

Some of Metrolinx’s key sustainability programs and initiatives recognized include:

  • Completion of 7 LEED certified GO stations and maintenance facilities and introduction of LEED Gold design standard for all new station and maintenance facilities
  • Investment in renewable energy at facilities, including the installation of photovoltaic arrays on the roofs of three station parking garages and co-generation systems at two bus maintenance facilities
  • Initiation of the internal Energy Management Program and divisional energy management teams, responsible for identifying and pursuing facility and fleet-specific energy savings opportunities
  • Working with businesses to implement workplace travel demand management through Metrolinx’s Smart Commute Program and implementing community benefits agreements through capital infrastructure projects.

Metrolinx has been a member of the APTA Sustainability Commitment program since 2012.

This APTA Gold recognition is an indicator of Metrolinx’s strong commitment to championing and delivering sustainable mobility solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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