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Climate Change

Today

We’re already seeing the impact of climate change — with hotter temperatures, more intense rainfall and frequent, severe storms. As transportation is both affected by climate change and a major contributor to the problem, it’s an issue that’s top of mind for many. In Ontario, transportation is the leading source of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions (33% in 2013). We simply can’t wait to act.

Graph showing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector in Ontario, 2014

The Draft Plan makes climate change a priority, addressing both climate adaptation – building resilience to extreme weather – and climate mitigation – reducing emissions.  

Tomorrow

To reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector, we need three things: a shift that sees more of us choose environmentally-friendly forms of transportation; more energy-efficient vehicles; and a move from gas and diesel to alternate fuels and electricity.

It’s already begun. By 2025, the 10-year, $16 billion GO Regional Express Rail program will bring electrification to a significantly expanded rail network — that means greatly-reduced environmental impacts, while at the same time it brings reduced costs, better service and increased speed. Meanwhile, more road vehicles will use electricity and alternative-fuel technologies – some taking advantage of dedicated lanes that reduce idling time and increase flow. With the right plan, better service and environmental benefits can go hand-in-hand!

It’s what’s required to help achieve the Provincial goal of reducing GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

An environmentally-sustainable regional transportation system is designed to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and minimize air and noise pollution. It maximizes the use of technological innovations and sustainable materials to increase durability and efficiency, and reduce waste

Together

Climate change is everyone’s concern. So when Metrolinx and its partners were creating the Draft Plan we turned to the community for input. The Residents’ Reference Panel members (find out more on page 27 of the Draft Plan), for example, told us that air quality is critical (in and around stations, and throughout corridors), and that you feel our suppliers should have strong environmental certifications. You also made excellent suggestions to help get people out of their cars and on to transit.

Meeting and exceeding the Province’s bold emissions reduction targets is possible, but we have to work together to create a system that serves communities so well that people get out of their cars and try environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Find Out More about Climate Change

Check the Draft Plan for more information:

Page 29:
Climate change is a real and increasing concern

Page 73:
Re-invent Transportation Demand Management

Page 94:
Strategy #5: Prepare for an Uncertain Future

Page 97:
Coordinate across the region to address climate resiliency of the transportation system

What approaches do you think will be most effective to get people out of their cars and onto public transit?

What do you think would be most effective to reduce emissions? What else can we do to reduce emissions?

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