Whether it’s getting lost in music or finding a moment of peace with eyes wide shut, filling in the minutes spent on a GO Transit or UP Express journey creates a remarkably personal journey.
This is about time.
Your moments with us, and what you fill them with as we get you from here to over there.
On an average day – many more during the recent ‘We the North’ Toronto Raptor’s parade in downtown Toronto – GO Transit carries about 200,000 customers on our lines and along our routes.
And while those passengers sit and stand next to one another, heading in the same direction, their journeys can be decidedly different. Each one, even those who have formed bonds with regulars on their routes, is carving out an individual slice of their day.
During those minutes, and collective hours, spent on our buses and trains, habits of entertainment and distraction and free time are put to good use. Some customers rest with ear buds tucked in, listening to their favourite artists. Others create pockets of Netflix binge-watching. Some knit. Or study. Or work. Or block out the world in the time it takes to pass from platform to platform.
You value the minutes and what you do with them. A past Statistics Canada study found most Canadian commuters liked their daily travels, including on public transit. In fact, they liked it more than grocery shopping.
As we’re in the driver’s seat, we’re curious about those habits and the passage of your time. Not only as a public transit system, but as our guests, we’re interested in what you’re plugged into, what you’re chatting to your quad-seat-mates about, if you’ve found a great summer novel or would care to share the sketches you’re quietly creating in that notepad.
So from time to time, in this space as well as through our social media channels, we’re just going to ask you to recount filling up the minutes. In the answers, you may see yourself or someone carving out a similar space, or a fellow rider who is taking their GO time in a totally different direction.
Here’s what GO and UP Express customers, as they recently made their way through Toronto’s Union Station, told us about what’s occupying their ‘GO Time’.
No matter where you’re travelling to or from, GO Transit wants to ensure you get there safely. We all play a role in a safe commute. Here are some key safety tips to keep in mind throughout your commute:
- When waiting on a train platform, stand well behind the yellow line
- Don’t stand in the No Standing zones
- Don’t run in front or behind a bus
- The rules of the road also apply to our parking lots and property
- Report any harassment you witness
- Report unattended or suspicious packages
Learn more, by clicking here, about our safety tips, to ensure your commute is a safe one.
Story by Sara Wilbur, Metrolinx communications coordinator.