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10/3/2011



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TransLink earns gold sustainability status from APTA


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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently recognized TransLink for its sustainability efforts. The agency received the highest level of recognition ever awarded to any North American transportation authority for its sustainability leadership and innovation, according to TransLink.

APTA awarded the agency gold level status for its efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and cut energy usage while increasing ridership. The gold level places TransLink at the top of a list of 77 North American signatories to the “Sustainability Commitment,” which include MTA New York City Transit, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Bombardier Transit Corp., TransLink officials said in a prepared statement.

Last year, TransLink’s equipment emitted 4,000 fewer tons of greenhouse gases and 58 fewer tons of other air contaminants compared with 2009 levels despite a 10 percent ridership increase. The agency also reduced energy usage in its facilities by 16 percent and powered the Canada Line during its first full year of service via hydro electricity.

“Sustainability is a guiding value for all of us at TransLink,” said Chief Executive Officer Ian Jarvis. “It is embedded in the decisions we make at the board and leadership level, and is factored into our strategies and initiatives.”


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