‘Community for Commuters’ – Adopt-a-Station program launches at Agincourt GO

New pilot initiative adds a splash of art to local GO station

Kseniya Tsoy is making an impression on the Agincourt community.

The local artist is putting her talents to good use as part of the first ever Adopt-a-Station pilot program launched by Metrolinx at Scarborough’s Agincourt GO Station.

The program is designed to bridge the gap between people and the places where they catch the train. Similar programs are already flourishing in other parts of the world, including the U.K. where locals plant flowers and hold flea markets next to their local stations.

Metrolinx’s Community Relations team works closely with the residents of Agincourt Village community and together they decided on window art as their first official project. Committee members and their families recently came out in droves on a Saturday to add some life to the windows of the Sheppard Avenue East GO station building, much to the artistic delight of the resident painter.

“It was a very meaningful way to meet and work with our neighbours,” said Tsoy. “I was absolutely touched how cohesive, warm and joyful the collaborative process was, and how together we turned our little community station into an open art gallery for all to enjoy.”

Rhoda Potter, president of the local community association, recently joined Tsoy as one of more than a dozen proud volunteer painters.

“This Adopt-A-Station Project exemplifies our vibrancy as we proudly endorse our community changes,” said Potter.

Metrolinx’s Community Relations team is hoping to build off this success and expand the program to other stations across the GO Network.

“The writing isn’t just on the walls, it’s on the windows,” said Prince Hall, Metrolinx community relations specialist. “This program is generating a lot of excitement and community spirit. We hope to spread that to other places in the GTHA.”

Residents and commuters that frequent Agincourt GO Station are encouraged to take pictures and post to their social media channels using the hashtag #MyAgincourtGO.

To learn more about the program or to get involved, contact Metrolinx Community Relations Specialist Prince Hall at prince.hall@metrolinx.com.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx advisor, social media and issue management. With files by Prince Hall, Metrolinx community relations specialist.