TransLink awarded gold sustainability status by APTA

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.