Bramalea GO Station


Agincourt, Bramalea GO stations receive LEED Gold certification

Transit hub upgrades are making stations greener and two-way, all-day train service possible

May 30, 2024

Major upgrades at Agincourt and Bramalea GO Stations were recently completed, which have transformed the customer experience.  

These improvements, as part of GO Expansion, include everything from track work to enable future two-way, all-day service; better station accessibility; and modern amenities, such as new canopies and snow melt technology along the platforms.    The stations were also designed to be sustainable, and now they have been formally recognized with LEED Gold certification. 

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification by environmental experts at the Canada Green Building Council that a building was designed and built to achieve high performance for the environment and human health. 

“Our main goals in seeking LEED certification are to reduce the human contribution to climate change, protect our water resources, promote sustainable material use, enhance biodiversity and improve quality of life,” said Matt Muratore, senior advisor for sustainable design at Metrolinx.  

“LEED looks at the environmental performance of a building, including where it’s located, impacts on ecosystems, how energy and water demand is managed, material selection and indoor air quality.” 

Building with LEED principles improves energy performance, reduces water use, and contributes to lower operating costs. 

A view of Agincourt GO Station.

Careful consideration was given in the design of Agincourt GO Station to meet LEED certification. (Metrolinx photo)

Agincourt GO: Reducing the heat island effect 

Targeting LEED certification, an important part of Agincourt GO’s design was reducing the heat island effect. 

Heat islands are urbanized areas that experience higher temperatures than rural areas. Cities amplify and trap heat more efficiently than outlying areas due to their paved surfaces and closely packed buildings, which can increase air pollution levels.  

To address this, the renovated station has a cool roof designed to absorb less solar energy. This lowers energy costs in summer and helps reduce surface and air temperatures. 

People admiring the landscaping around Agincourt GO will find drought-tolerant plants that will help lower the station’s water usage. Protecting birds is also part of the plan. Bird-friendly glass, known as bird-fritting, was used to make sure they see the complete building and fly at a safe distance from it. 

“This is all part of a Metrolinx policy to support green operation throughout the life of a facility,” Muratore said. 

Bramalea GO Station

Upgrades to Bramalea GO Station were completed with sustainability as a priority. (Metrolinx photo)

Bramalea GO: Converting sunlight into electric power 

The new and improved Bramalea GO is another example of how we are helping build a greener future.  

Upgrades to the station included numerous sustainable design features, such as: 

  • A grid-tied array of solar panels covering the parking garage roof that can generate enough energy to run the entire station off solar power.  
  • All tunnels, platforms, station areas, and parking lots also feature energy-efficient LED lighting. 
  • A parkade which can accommodate electric vehicle charging stations. 

Sustainability was also top of mind during construction. The team recycled 97 per cent of construction waste. For example, concrete was salvaged for future usable construction materials, like creating road barriers and blocks.   

As a result of this, Bramalea GO has received LEED Gold certification and has been named the 2024 IPMI Award of Excellence winner in the design category for the parking structure building. 


Bloomington GO Station's design has earned international acclaim for its state-of-the-art sustainable design. (Metrolinx photo)

Bloomington GO: Growing attention on sustainable design 

Agincourt and Bramalea aren’t the only stations being recognized for their environmental features. The new Bloomington GO has received international attention for its sustainable design. 

The station is a finalist in the Sustainability in Transportation category for Architizer’s 12th Annual A+ Awards — the largest international awards program for the world’s best architecture.  

It also recently received global recognition from the Architecture MasterPrize with an honorable mention in the Architectural Design and Transportation category. 

Sitting within a provincially protected wetland, Bloomington GO integrated the station and bus loops into a two-part parking structure to maximize the station’s space, while minimizing use of the land.  

Other sustainable features include: 

  • A stormwater management system 
  • Solar panels 
  • LED lights 
  • Preservation of a pond within the station property 
A GO Train rides over an upgraded bridge, crossing the Rouge River

Sustainability is a key piece of our plan to build and improve transit across the region. (Metrolinx photo)

With faster, more reliable transit options, we’re committed to shaping a sustainable transportation system that will reduce our region’s carbon footprint and serve communities for the next century and beyond.  

by Mike Winterburn Metrolinx communications senior advisor, Brooklyn Neustaeter Capital Communications senior advisor