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
o Cutting diesel fuel use by 1.28 million liters (338,140 gallons)
§ Energy retrofits and energy efficiency improvements
o Cutting energy use by 16%
§ Increasing ridership, adding 180 hybrid buses, and choosing less carbon-dependent transit options (such as the Canada Line)
o Reducing carbon dioxide emissions per passenger kilometer by 18%
|“Marine Drive Station on the Canada Line" Photo Credit: Ed White|
Click here to read more about APTA’s 2010 annual conference, and ways to include more sustainability in transit.