ABB to help Toronto light rail system cut emissions to zero

2017-12-08 - Metro Magazine article - December 7, 2017
ABB will provide key components for power distribution for the Eglinton Crosstown project, a new light rail transit line (LRT) in Toronto, to ensure the safe, reliable operation with almost zero emissions. The project is part of an $8.4 billion investment from the Ontario government to expand public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The transport of people and goods accounts for roughly one-quarter of the world’s energy consumption. Motor vehicles, trains and aircraft that use fossil fuels generate a similar proportion of the world’s air pollutants, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming as well as carbon monoxide and other hazards to human health.

For an area facing increasing urbanization and population growth, the expansion will triple the length of the rapid transit service, bringing 81% of rider’s homes within approximately 1.2 miles of the LRT and decrease greenhouse gas emissions from passenger transportation by 29% per person. Launched by Ontario’s transportation agency Metrolinx, the project will significantly reduce future emissions for a population expected to reach 9.6 million by 2041.

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