Moving towards a future with battery electric bus transit fleets across Ontario

Finding a plug to charge-up a single electric vehicle is relatively easy. But completely retrofitting a garage for an entire fleet of buses is an enormous challenge. Before any transit agency can do this, a plan is needed. That’s why, with the leadership of the Metrolinx Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI), 13 local transit agencies across Ontario banded together and developed a study that will provide … Continue reading Moving towards a future with battery electric bus transit fleets across Ontario

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How the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project is trying to save the planet – or at least support sustainability

Being kind with Mother Nature is an important plus for a light rail route. But the ways the Hurontario project are working to be environmentally friendly during construction include pretty much every nook and cranny of the transit line. Here’s the check list. From where your tin cans are put as you prepare supper to how long you leave the water running as you brush … Continue reading How the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project is trying to save the planet – or at least support sustainability

GO Transit is charging ahead with an electric-powered bus pilot

For the first time, Metrolinx is testing two zero-emission battery electric double-decker GO buses. We have a first look at the vehicles and what gives them a boost. As we head towards a more sustainable future, Metrolinx has unveiled its first electric buses. The double-decker GO buses have been retrofitted with 9 batteries giving them a total energy of 648 kilowatt hours. Compare that to … Continue reading GO Transit is charging ahead with an electric-powered bus pilot

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Metrolinx teams up with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to plant trees around Eglinton Crosstown West Extension route

Metrolinx is getting a head start on tree planting along the route of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, helping to keep the community green as this critical new transit project is built. Take a look at some of the tree planters in action. Metrolinx is growing the tree canopy around Eglinton Avenue West as transit planning continues on one of several crucial subway expansions. On … Continue reading Metrolinx teams up with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to plant trees around Eglinton Crosstown West Extension route

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Sustainable station design nets Guildwood GO station two new awards

One of Toronto’s oldest train stations is also one of the greenest. Find out how protecting pollinators plays a big part in the station’s recent accolades. GO trains aren’t the only green things at Guildwood GO station. Guildwood is one of the oldest stations in the GO network – first opened in 1977 – but now boasts some of the most modern and sustainable amenities. … Continue reading Sustainable station design nets Guildwood GO station two new awards

Environmental surveys take place along the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension route

Turtles, bats, and birds are being studied along the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension route, as experts make sure work doesn’t disrupt important habitats of even the smallest creatures. Over the spring and summer, teams from Metrolinx have been examining local wildlife along the route as part of the planning process for the project. Read on to learn more about how all living things – big … Continue reading Environmental surveys take place along the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension route

New Metrolinx video explains why removing trees is necessary to unlock a greener GO transit network

Across the region, work has already begun to make room for more GO Transit. Check out a new video explaining the ‘what, why and how’ of tree and vegetation removal and management in preparation for the GO Expansion program. Plus, information on how the transit agency is replacing trees and shrubs across the region. The grass often seems greener on the other side. And when … Continue reading New Metrolinx video explains why removing trees is necessary to unlock a greener GO transit network

Metrolinx spreading the roots of GO Expansion as spring compensation tree planting continues across the region

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) is helping Metrolinx plant trees as compensation for transforming rail corridors to support future expanded GO service. Find out how many trees have gone in the ground, so far. Expanding GO service is something that benefits the entire region. As part of that expansion, trees and vegetation are being removed along GO tracks in various parts throughout the Greater Toronto and … Continue reading Metrolinx spreading the roots of GO Expansion as spring compensation tree planting continues across the region

Learn about five W’s of tree planting as Metrolinx works to lay groundwork for GO Expansion

Take a behind the scenes look at how Toronto and Region Conservation Authority manages tree planting and how their expertise has helped Metrolinx start rolling out the GO Expansion tree compensation program. Let’s branch out on this one. Your high school science teacher was right – trees are the lungs of our cities.   They enhance air quality by removing pollutants, help regulate local climate … Continue reading Learn about five W’s of tree planting as Metrolinx works to lay groundwork for GO Expansion