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TransLink awarded gold sustainability status by APTA

Nov 04, 2011
TransLink awarded gold sustainability status by APTA

Photo: “Marine Drive Station on the Canada Line” Photo Credit: Ed White

We have previously written about sustainable transit guidelines, including work being done by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to set up “best practices” for sustainability in transit.

Just a few weeks ago, APTA recognized TransLink for its sustainability efforts, awarding it Gold Sustainability status – the highest level of recognition ever awarded to any North American transportation authority.

The following are just a few of the ways that TransLink achieved their gold status:

  • Having drivers turn off their buses when stopped for more than three minutes
    • Cutting diesel fuel use by 1.28 million liters (338,140 gallons)
  • Energy retrofits and energy efficiency improvements
    • Cutting energy use by 16%
  • Increasing ridership, adding 180 hybrid buses, and choosing less carbon-dependent transit options (such as the Canada Line)
    • Reducing carbon dioxide emissions per passenger kilometer by 18%

Click here to read more about APTA’s 2010 annual conference, and ways to include more sustainability in transit.