Sustainability inSight

Photo Credits


Photo courtesy of PHM – Geomatics Office, Eastern Region
Location: Prince Edward County
Description: MTO’s first roundabout was constructed in Picton, Prince Edward County in 2008.

Photographer: Nicole S. Young

Photographer: John Small, PHM – West Region
Location: Bell’s Creek, near Mount Forest, ON
Description: When a section of the bank of Bell’s Creek failed, MTO engineers decided to use willow stakes for stabilization. Willows will grow just about anywhere and have large root mass. As they grow, they will shade the water, keeping it cool and insects falling from the trees will feed the fish below. The willows will be monitored to see if this unconventional approach is successful.

Photo courtesy of GO Transit
Location: Greater Toronto Area
Description: Accessible GO trains make travel easier for all Ontarians.

Photographer: Phil Pawliuk, PHM – Eastern Region
Location: Ottawa
Description: Ottawa’s Transitway is a dedicated busway planned in partnership between the City of Ottawa and MTO that forms the backbone of the city’s commuter network.

Photographer: Rick Moore, RUS
Location: Callander (south of North Bay on Hwy 11)
Description: Colourful wildflowers grow alongside Highway 11, in front of the Wasi South Truck Inspection Station.

Photographer: Shawn Smith, PHM – Central Region
Location: Toronto
Description: Cyclist

Photographer: Fraser Strachan, PHM – Northeastern Region
Location: Highway 11 west of Hearst

Photographer: Shawn Smith, PHM – Central Region
Location: Toronto
Description: The view looking west from Keele Street on Highway 401.

Photographer: Tim Bilton, CSD
Location: Sarnia
Description: The new Sarnia truck inspection station has a combined windmill/solar application. The 5 KW system supplements MTO’s power needs, and when not needed, the power is fed into the provincial grid.

Photo courtesy of GO Transit
Location: Greater Toronto Area
Description: Accessible GO trains make travel easier for all Ontarians.

Photographer: Michael Bagnulo, PHM – Head Office
Location: Niagara Falls
Description: Railway tracks under the QEW in Niagara Falls.

Photo courtesy of GO Transit
Location: Greater Toronto Area
Description: By providing bike racks on its buses, GO Transit is facilitating multi-modal connections between transit and active transportation.

Photo courtesy of Cabinet Office

Photographer: Shawn Smith, PHM – Central Region
Location: Henley Bridge, St. Catharines
Description: This wetland compensation area was designed to provide additional habitat to fish, birds and mammals. The Henley Bridge is a historic concrete arch bridge. The arches were duplicated during the widening.

Photo courtesy of PHM Planning and Environmental Office – Central Region
Location: Highway 10, Caledon
Description: Caledon’s historic Town Hall was relocated for the widening of Highway 10. The heritage building was preserved and is now in use as a community theatre.

Photographer: Capt. Paul Papps, PHM – Eastern Division
Location: Prince Edward County
Description: A ferry docked at the Glenora Ferry Service terminal. The Glenora to Adophstown crossing is serviced by one ferry during the winter months, and two during the peak May-October season.

Photographer: Shawn Smith, PHM – Central Region
Location: Toronto
Description: The view of Highway 401 looking west from Keele Street. This changeable message sign is part of MTO’s Advance Traffic Management System.

Photographer: Glenn Speirs, PHM – Northwestern Region
Location: Nibinamik First Nation
Description: Solar and wind generation at the remote Summer Beaver airport replaces GHG-emitting diesel generators.

Photo courtesy of PHM – Northeastern Region
Location: Highway 17, just north of Sault Ste. Marie
Description: A wildlife detection system continuously monitors the highway right of way. It detects the presence of large animals and automatically triggers a warning device to alert the travelling public.

Photo courtesy of PHM – Materials Engineering and Research Office
Location: Hwy 401 and Guelph Line
Description: MTO constructed its first Pervious Concrete Pavement in a commuter parking lot at Highway 401 and Guelph Line in October 2007. The potential benefits of this new technology include a reduction/elimination of surface runoff, reduced stormwater management requirements, a reduction in warm and polluted water entering streams, improved groundwater recharge, reduced flooding and standing water, lower heat island effect, and increased surface illumination.

Photo courtesy of RUS – Regional Operations Branch West
Location: Windsor Description: Starting in 2002, MTO completed a Value Engineering (VE) study to update the design of its Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facilities (CVIFs). The design concepts resulting from this collaborative approach are more cost-effective, flexible and efficient than existing CVIFs. The new design concepts include improvements to assist selection of high risk carriers along with enhanced safety measures for the protection of staff and stakeholders.

Photographer: Greg Coughlin, Sunbury
Description: An example of a long-combination vehicle.

Photographer: Suzanne Adamkowski, PRESTO
Location: Haliburton Highlands, near Halls Lake
Description: A red trillium.

Photocourtesy of PHM – Windsor Border Initiatives Implementation Group
Location: Windsor
Description: In order to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Huron Church Road, a new overhead pedestrian bridge was constructed across the roadway. To enhance the appearance of the Windsor Gateway, a number of aesthetic and landscaping features were incorporated into the design of this bridge.

Photographer: Shawn Smith, PHM – Central Region
Location: Union Station, Toronto

Photographer: Paul Sosney, PHM – Central Region
Location: Mississauga
Description: Storm tunnel crossing the 401/410 interchange.

Photographer: Rick Moore, RUS
Location: North Bay
Description: Looking south at Highway 11 from the Wasi North Truck Inspection Station.

Photographer: Josée Vallée, PHM – Northeastern Region
Location: Highway 17, Sudbury
Description: A cyclist/pedestrian tunnel and pathway, constructed by MTO in 2008, on Highway 17 in Sudbury. The tunnel connects a residential neighbourhood on one side of the highway to a beach on the other. Without this culvert, bicycles and pedestrians would need to follow a much longer route or risk crossing a high-speed intersection.

Photographer: Glenn Speirs, PHM – Northwestern Region
Location: Nibinamik First Nation
Description: Solar panels at Summer Beaver airport. PHM – Provincial Highways Management Division CSD – Corporate Services Division P&P – Policy and Planning Division RUS – Road User Safety Division ETC – Economics and Transportation I&IT Cluster