April 22, 2009

GO Transit unveils first wind turbine



Toronto-based GO Transit launched its first wind turbine on Tuesday at the system's Lisgar 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.

"Improving the environment is a core element of our growth and development strategies," said Gary McNeil, GO Transit's managing director/CEO.

Located in Mississauga, the 102-foot-high wind turbine generates up to 50 kilowatts of power and could produce up to 80 percent of the station's power needs.

The agency also showcased 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.

Many stations already feature bicycle storage areas or lockers, providing another way for customers to get to their GO station. The Lisgar station was selected as a preferred site for the turbine because of wind patterns and speeds in the area.

 

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