Green Space

Delivering more transit while minimizing the carbon footprint

In honour of Earth Month Metrolinx highlights sustainable actions taken over the last year.

Apr 12, 2023

Earth Month creates an opportunity, each year in April, to raise environmental awareness and share new options to create more sustainable development.

Metrolinx works year-round to minimize its carbon footprint while delivering transit options that encourage people to use public transit.

Metrolinx helping transit agencies with transition to battery electric buses

The move to zero emission buses is about more than buying vehicles. Transit agencies will need to make plans for changes like retrofitting garages.

That’s why, on behalf of 13 agencies, Metrolinx has contracted with HDR, an engineering, architecture and consulting firm. Each agency will receive a customized report outlining a plan to prepare their fleet for conventional battery electric city buses.

Kingston Transit electric bus

Kingston Transit has two battery electric buses and it is preparing to decarbonize its entre fleet by no later than 2040. (Kingston Transit photo)

Mary Fix Creek and Etobicoke Creek environmental update

Along the new Hazel McCallion Line LRT route, climate risks are being planned for with physical infrastructure like flood walls, and the transit system is being constructed in a manner that is adaptable and resilient to future environmental conditions.

Construction crews have been working tirelessly to preserve and revitalize local creeks that provide important flood protection and prevent soil erosion in the local areas of Brampton and Mississauga.

The new line will operate with clean, electrically powered light rail vehicles, producing near zero emissions.

A look at the new Etobicoke Creek channel restoration and protection area. (Metrolinx photo)

A look at the new Etobicoke Creek channel restoration and protection area. (Metrolinx photo)

Replacing the Small’s Creek culvert will restore ideal waterflow for surrounding habitats

The new culvert in Small’s Creek will restore the creek’s water flow through the embankment, improve drainage and reduce the risk of flooding.

Located beside the old culvert, it will maintain the water flowing from the north side (Merrill Bridge Road Park) to the south side (Williamson Park Ravine).

Following extensive studies, the construction team selected the safest, most efficient, and least disruptive option to perform the work.

Metrolinx identifies new location for GO layover facility

As part of the development phase of the GO Expansion - On-Corridor Works Project, Metrolinx has been working with ONxpress to optimize GO service expansion levels and a new location for the layover facility has been identified in that process.

The new proposed location is on the Richmond Hill GO Line, near York Mills Road and Leslie Street, and is in a light industrial area.

This is the secure bike room at Whitby GO.

A look at the exterior of the secure bike room at Whitby GO Station. (Metrolinx photo)

New secure bike storage rooms

Just in time for spring, Metrolinx is helping more cyclists connect to GO by offering a new place to park their bikes.

Customers can now register for a spot in one of the new reserved bike rooms at eight GO stations, in addition to the six that already have this service.

Metrolinx is working to increase station access for customers with a variety of travel preferences – so, those who live too far to walk and don’t want to drive now have another option.

by Mike Winterburn Metrolinx communications senior advisor