GO Transit Propels Toward A Green Future



    A New Wind Turbine And Green Station

    TORONTO, April 21, 2009 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    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.

    QUOTES

    "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."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   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

    LEARN MORE

    Get more information about GO Transit's (http://www.gotransit.com/) green
initiatives or call 416.869.3200, 1.888.GET ON GO (438.6646), or
1.800.387.3652 TTY

    Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize
infrastructure (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/) across the
province.

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158; Vanessa Thomas,
(416) 869-3600 ext. 5264, or Jessica Kosmack, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5231, GO
Transit

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