Large construction projects aren’t just about plowing through the dirt. The smallest of critters are considered. What’s stronger than a 16,000-pound backhoe? A 150-gram Eastern Meadowlark. After a brutally long winter, spring has returned to northwest Toronto – along with nesting birds, looking for safe spots to hatch their young. These small roosts, many quietly … Continue reading How Toronto’s Finch West LRT project is searching through the tall grass for threatened species
How do you stay ahead of a curve that keeps moving? In this stop for our Crosstown Progress series, examining every station along Toronto’s future light rail transit line, we’re looking behind the scenes of construction at Leaside Station. And how it’s able to grow over the years to come. We’re building a time machine in … Continue reading As Toronto looks to future growth, Leaside Station holds design secrets to grow with
With active trains constantly rumbling by, and built through heavily populated communities, the areas lining tracks are more difficult than your average kitchen to keep clean. It's not just an Earth Day tidy up. You’re on a GO train, staring out a window and thinking about finally getting back to your favourite spot to watch … Continue reading From apple cores to living room furniture – Keeping GO rail corridors free of debris is a constant chore
New stats show more students prefer two wheels as active transportation climbs to a five-year high While the warm weather is winding down, biking to school is rising in popularity with Toronto-area kids. According to a new study released by Metrolinx and conducted by the University of Toronto, more Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) … Continue reading Biking to school is trending with GTHA students
Every fall, monarch butterflies travel up to 3,000 kilometres between breeding grounds in eastern North America and overwintering sites in central Mexico. Some monarchs can travel an astonishing 80 kilometres in a single day. Butterflies play an important role in pollinating plants and crops across the globe. Due to urbanization, though, pollinator habitats are on … Continue reading Metrolinx, how does your garden grow?
To walk through the new 500,000 square foot GO Transit facility in Whitby is beyond impressive. Every intricate detail in all the massive machinery placed throughout is in place with purpose. It’s standing by and ready to help maintain an entire fleet of green coloured trains – while remaining green in the way it operates. … Continue reading New state-of-the-art rail facility sets records on environmental standards
How Metrolinx is overcoming the worst Mother Nature has to offer It was five years ago when torrential rain began to pour down, just as commuters in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) were heading home. It turned out to be more than just a storm passing through, but an extreme weather event with consequences. … Continue reading Adapting to extreme weather conditions
During the month of April, spring is (normally) in the air and many are thinking of better ways to do more for the environment. Earth Day can also offer time to reflect on the things already being done to help protect and preserve nature. As part of the Metrolinx Sustainability Strategy, there are many initiatives … Continue reading Environmental efforts top of mind for Metrolinx President & CEO Phil Verster