Growing the canopy – Metrolinx adds another 7,711 trees and shrubs as the transit agency increases tree cover in the region

As this year’s planting season draws to a close, Metrolinx continues to work with conservation partners on ecological compensation and greening of the region.  Building transit for the future isn’t always about trains, buses, and new stations. Those are important ingredients, but a true recipe for transit success includes a healthy environment too. That’s why … Continue reading Growing the canopy – Metrolinx adds another 7,711 trees and shrubs as the transit agency increases tree cover in the region

Metrolinx partners with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Parks Canada to plant more than 12,000 trees and shrubs at Rouge National Urban Park

This investment kicks off Metrolinx’s extensive ecological compensation effort to offset the planned changes to rail corridors in preparation for GO Expansion infrastructure. Metrolinx is growing transit across the region. With the massive GO Expansion project on the horizon, rail corridors across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area will be changing over the coming years … Continue reading Metrolinx partners with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Parks Canada to plant more than 12,000 trees and shrubs at Rouge National Urban Park

From the ground up – A look at how the Hurontario LRT project is able to reduce all the waste they would normally face

With any large construction effort – think of renovating just your bathroom – there’s stuff that is cast aside. All that expected debris and waste that can accumulate. But when you’re building something as large as the Hurontario LRT route, are there ways to cut down on the waste? The answer is ‘yes’, including software … Continue reading From the ground up – A look at how the Hurontario LRT project is able to reduce all the waste they would normally face

Clean out your closet for a good cause – GO Transit restarts clothing donation efforts

Fall weather is approaching and that means turning over your closest. Maybe you have some bags of old clothes to get rid of and not sure where to go. You’re in luck as Metrolinx and Diabetes Canada are once again teaming up to help GO Transit customers donate textiles, for a good cause. Hello there … Continue reading Clean out your closet for a good cause – GO Transit restarts clothing donation efforts

As GO Transit branches out – Finding balance between nature’s vegetation and space for transit (with images of how much damage a tree limb can do to a train)

There’s an art to giving vegetation its space to flourish, while making sure routes are safe and reliable for GO Transit vehicles to travel on. This is especially true as lines and services continue to expand to meet a growing need. We take you inside the decision process that goes into compensation for greenery that … Continue reading As GO Transit branches out – Finding balance between nature’s vegetation and space for transit (with images of how much damage a tree limb can do to a train)

Ontario Line: A world of role models available for subway planners

This story is part of a continuing series on a deeper exploration of the early stages of progress on Toronto’s next subway line. Still in its infancy, with Metrolinx having just released an Initial Business Case, the quickly-developing Ontario Line project will cut under and over the heart of the city. In this story, we … Continue reading Ontario Line: A world of role models available for subway planners

Young passion meets experience as a trio of teens pitch a new train to Metrolinx brass

Three Mississauga teens with ambition, and what they believe will be the next generation of public transit, face a Dragon’s Den-style session with Metrolinx executives, including CEO Phil Verster. Here’s the pitch. Three young transit dreamers in a room with some of the world’s most experienced rail executives and experts. The clock ticked. And they … Continue reading Young passion meets experience as a trio of teens pitch a new train to Metrolinx brass

How Toronto’s Finch West LRT project is searching through the tall grass for threatened species

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

As Toronto looks to future growth, Leaside Station holds design secrets to grow with

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

From apple cores to living room furniture – Keeping GO rail corridors free of debris is a constant chore

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