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FEATURE | ARTICLE DE FOND
Sustainability & Social Responsibility:
The future of GO Bus Services is GREEN
METROLINX IS COMMITTED to responsible
and sustainable partnerships within our
region, communities and in the service of
our customers. Operating more than 2500
train-bus trips and more than 12,000 bus
trips weekly, GO Transit Bus Services is
focused on taking a proactive approach to
sustainability through action. We want to
do more than connect our customers - we
want to connect with them.
Our service is unique in that it consists
of integrated bus and rail fleets, requiring
a consistent approach to energy management across its divisions. Numerous
sustainability projects allow us to draw
on lessons learned, develop innovative
aspirations going forward and share our
experiences with our transit partners. Our
energy management programs have
yielded proven strategies to save energy
costs, improve employee satisfaction and
awareness and enhance our communities.
Innovations in fleet and facilities, commitment to our communities and engaging our
employees in the process are laying the
foundation for future sustainability through
continuous improvement. Just how are we
moving toward our goals?
Electric vehicle (EV) technology is
advancing at an impressive pace, with a
steady stream of communications from the
automotive, heavy truck and transit sectors
announcing advancements or establishing aggressive EV goals. The movement
is further supported by nations all over
the world pledging reductions, or in some
cases complete bans, of internal combustion engines (ICE) in the years to come.
In Ontario, the government is striving to
increase sales of electric or hydrogen vehicles to 5 per cent by 2020. Metrolinx, GO
Transit, currently has two blossoming projects that will help us emerge as a leader
and adopter of EV technology while supporting the Province's goal.
Within the GO Transit Bus Services
division, a pool of nineteen vehicles is
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By Heather-Ann Niefer, Manager, Fleet Services, Bus Fleet & Facilities Maintenance, GO Transit
and Laurie Stratton, Manager, Bus Operations, East Region, Bus and Rapid Transit Services, GO Transit
LEED Gold certified Oshawa Bus Maintenance Facility.
maintained to meet employee business
travel needs. Today, the carpool consists of two EVs, five hybrid vehicles and
twelve ICE vehicles. Kicked off in 2017,
Bus Services implemented a program
that will see the carpool transition into
a fully EV fleet by 2021. Within the first
year of the program (2017-18), half of the
fleet will become EVs and facility charging infrastructure will be fully maximized.
Procurement of additional charging stations has already been initiated to accommodate the program beyond 2018.
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To further support the EV transition
and encourage adoption amongst GO
staff, a pilot of a new charging system
which allows employees to register for
a membership and charge their vehicles
while they are working has also been
implemented. If the pilot is successful the system will be expanded across
other bus maintenance facilities within
our transit network.
We've been looking at battery electric buses (BEB) too! GO buses have a
unique service paradigm, operating a