What it takes to wrap an entire GO bus for the holidays – See the time-lapse video here

Thanks largely to social media – including celebrities who coddle their supercars – it’s not uncommon to see vehicles wrapped in appearance-altering cloaks of vinyl. As a GO Transit customer, you’ve likely seen our Kids GO Free and PRIDE buses transformed into movable billboards using the removable, sticky panels of pliable plastic. But what does it take to have that makeover magic happen? See one of our GO buses get a temporary facelift for the holidays.

For anyone who has ever tried to wrap a basketball – or even a big screen TV – the process can be painful.

And the concealment can come out looking more Frankenstein than festive.

But what if you had to wrap an entire GO bus for the holidays? How much Scotch Tape and patience would you need to pull that veneer off – or rather, on?

Image shows a double decker GO bus.

The start of the journey of transformation. What the GO bus looks like before the wrap is put on. (Metrolinx photo)

For the many festive events taking place across November and December, Metrolinx recently wrapped a double-decker GO vehicle in a cheerful veneer of vinyl. The painstaking process fascinated us, so we thought you’d like to see it unroll and unfold in this time-lapse video.

Now that you’ve seen what it takes to wrap a GO bus in festive good cheer, a few facts about the holiday makeover:

  • The GO bus wrap took almost six hours to complete
  • A crew of nine people from an Oshawa-based installation company did the work
  • The vehicle was wrapped one panel at a time, with both sides of the bus being covered simultaneously
  • That’s between 50-55 panels in total
  • Roughly 116.2 square metres of wrap was used to cover the whole bus – everything except the passenger doors and the top of the bus
Crews stick vinyl panels onto the side of a GO bus.

A GO bus is transformed into a bit of rolling holiday cheer. (Metrolinx photo)

The wrap took place as part of GO Transit’s Happy Traveldays Campaign – a celebration of the holidays aboard our vehicles and a way to encourage more ridership over the winter months.

It’s already been part of several local holiday parades in Niagara and Toronto this past weekend. And the transit agency’s mascot GO Bear, along with brand ambassadors, are now preparing to roll out to more community gatherings in the weeks ahead.

The GO bus with all the wraps completed. The words 'Happy Holidays' is written on the side.

The GO bus, all decked out with the new holiday covering. (Metrolinx photo)

They include:

And as the bus will be making regular service runs throughout the winter season, customers will be able to see the work from inside out. If so, raise a glass of cheer that you don’t have to try to fit it under a tree, let alone try to find a paper roll big enough to cover it.

For GO Transit’s schedule across the holidays, please click here.