Yet another health study points towards the urgent need to move away from dirty diesel trains towards clean electric trains.
A new study from Toronto Public Health shows that emissions from transportation are a leading cause of premature deaths in Toronto.
The study showed that a minority of vehicles cause most of the pollution. While the study focused on road vehicles, Dr. Monica Campbell, director of health policy at Toronto Public Health, wants attention paid to truck traffic, the majority of which is powered by diesel engines.
The World Health Organization has labelled diesel emissions as carcinogenic, on the same level as asbestos and mustard gas.
Ontario’s electrical authorities have indicated an electrified Union-Pearson Express (which will start as a diesel service in 2015) can easily be supplied with existing electrical resources. Ontario is also in discussions with Quebec regarding the importation of more clean hydro-powered electricity from low-cost Quebec sources.