GO Transit’s first wind turbine was launched today at Lisgar GO Station to showcase its green initiatives for Earth Day. It’s the first wind turbine for a transit agency in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. Located in Mississauga, this 31.1 metre high wind turbine can generate 50 kilowatts of power and could produce up to 80 per cent of the station’s power needs. On display were two of GO Transit’s environmentally responsible transportation options – a 78-seat double decker bus and a 45-foot hybrid bus, both equipped with bike racks. Starting April 25, customers will see bike racks on all GO buses.
“In continuing our investments in GO Transit, we are making it easier for people to get out of single-occupant cars and take transit,” said Jim Bradley, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation. “Supporting and expanding public transit is part of our plan to combat climate change. This wind turbine is part of that effort.”
“Improving the environment is a core element of our growth and development strategies,” said Gary McNeil, GO Transit’s Managing Director & CEO. “The Lisgar wind turbine is powered by renewable energy. Our commuter rail and bus service helps relieve traffic congestion. At our stations, we provide our customers with the amenities they need to ride local transit, bike, walk, carpool, or get a ride to their station – all of these initiatives work together to promote sustainable transportation across the entire Greater Toronto Area.”
– Many stations already feature bicycle storage areas or lockers, providing another way for customers to get to their GO station – Lisgar station was selected as a preferred site for the turbine because of wind patterns and speeds in the area
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