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Finch West LRT builds on a more sustainable transit system

Project's maintenance facility features a green roof and receives LEED Silver Certification.

Feb 28, 2024

We’re committed to shaping a sustainable transit system that will serve communities for the next century.

The Finch West LRT is one way we’re helping build a greener future.

In addition to light rail vehicles (LRVs) using electric power, the project’s maintenance and storage facility (MSF) delivers on sustainability and green building leadership.

As a result of this, the MSF has even received LEED Silver Certification.

Now let’s dig deeper into some of the eco-friendly features of the Finch West LRT.   

Green roof

First, the project’s maintenance facility features a really cool green roof.

It’s laid out in a series of rectangles, separated by pathways without plants for maintenance crews to safely walk around the roof.

The planted areas consist of three types of small hardy drought resistant plants featuring shiny green leaves, similar to the succulents found on your windowsill. 

45 per cent of the entire roof space is literally alive!

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Bird's eye view of the green roof on the Finch West LRT's maintenance facility where plants like Summer Glory, Blue Spruce and Coccineum are growing. (Metrolinx image)

You might be wondering, what are the benefits of green roofs?

Everything from air purification, reducing urban heat island effects, reduced energy costs, and increased urban biodiversity. The green roof also mitigates stormwater runoff by retaining water and gradually releasing it later.

The Finch West MSF green roof has also become a home and nesting area for Eastern Meadowlark and Killdeer birds.

Because Killdeer nest on the ground, it’s a great habitat for them. Fun fact, last year a female Killdeer successfully used the green roof to nest.

Achieving silver status

There are numerous features on both the interior and exterior of Finch West LRT’s maintenance facility which helped earn the building’s LEED certification.

  • The building was built using recycled and renewable materials as well as certified wood
  • Low emitting materials such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and flooring systems were also used
  • The facility also features innovative technologies which contribute to water efficiency and reduction

The building's exterior features parking area charging stations, bike racks, and landscaping including planting of a wide variety of trees like Red and Silver Maples, Red Oak, and White Spruce. There’s also Dogwood, Sumac and Arrowwood shrubs.

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Grasses like the Feather Reed and Strawberries & Cream Ribbon grass are growing outside the project's maintenance facility. (Metrolinx image).

What is LEED Silver Certification?

LEED Silver certification is awarded through the Canada Green Building Council.

This certification is an international symbol of sustainability excellence and green building leadership. LEED certification provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings, which offer environmental, social and governance benefits.

The Finch West LRT project is just one of the many ways we’re helping build a more sustainable transit network.

With faster and more reliable transit options, we’re reducing our region’s carbon footprint all while revitalizing natural habitats for the next generation.

by Robert Candido Senior Advisor, Capital Communications