The Metrolinx adaptation strategy

Metrolinx is a crown corporation responsible for the multimodal transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). A leader in adaptation in the transportation sector, the corporation designed the 2018 Metrolinx adaptation strategy built upon a vulnerability assessment undertaken by an interdisciplinary team using the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) protocol and a Planning for Resilience report. The strategy outlines seven key adaptation measures for improving resiliency of rail transportation to weather extremes and changes in climate. The Metrolinx adaptation strategy was one of the first of its kind for rail infrastructure. The plan development process included elements of asset management, design practices, emergency response planning and preparedness, and regional and strategic planning, along with engagement and education activities. The process and resulting plan can be considered as good practice for other Ontario and Canadian metropolitan settings.

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