Tell Metrolinx to Ditch the Gas Plant and Go Solar
Metrolinx is building Toronto’s new Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line (LRT). The good news is that this much needed public transit project will run on electricity and have practically no emissions. The bad news is that the transit authority Metrolinx plans to build a new gas plant to help power the LRT.
A gas plant will emit greenhouse gases – at a time when we need to be cutting our carbon pollution. The gas plant will add pollution to the community’s air shed - including harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter. And it would be located in York South-Weston, one of Toronto's more vulnerable, lower income communities.
Instead of building an unnecessary and polluting gas plant, Metrolinx should go solar. The building that will store and service the Eglinton Crosstown LRT’s trains has the potential to host the largest rooftop solar project in Canada.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is part of Ontario’s plan to address climate change. And there’s no room for a polluting gas plant in that plan, especially when there’s a better option for the climate and for Toronto residents.
Take action to tell Metrolinx to go solar and ditch the gas plant.
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