As winter weather returns to Toronto and surrounding communities – A GO Transit primer for your commute

We know we’re moving toward the end of another Canadian winter, but after a mild spell, and now thrust back into the slush and snow, we’ve come up with tips on travelling across the system today.

We were so very close.

Almost enough to forget it’s still February in Canada.

Lulled in by milder temperatures during the month, the back-to-chill conditions GO Transit customers are facing this morning means finding the right headspace – and grabbing the thicker coat again.

Well, we’ve got your snow-covered back.

Image shows an UP Express train waiting at the platform.

An UP Express train prepares to head out on a snowy trip to Pearson Airport in this Feb. 27 image. (Thane Burnett photo)

Here’s a quick primer to help you get back on track in the snow and slush.

  • Allow yourself extra time to make sure you catch your GO bus or train.
  • Visit the GO Transit service updates webpage for the latest information
  • Sign up for On The GO email updates for up-to-the minute emails and texts
  • Follow GO Transit and your line specific handle on Twitter

And now that we’re all sharing the same conversation about the weather, we thought you might be interested in how GO Transit and Metrolinx deals with the cold and snow.

Here’s a recent story and video we published showing some of the small and big technical changes we’ve made to winterize our trains this year.

A man moves snow on a walkway in the early morning.

Workers at the Bramalea GO station clear snow from the entrance at 5 a.m. on Feb. 27. (Thane Burnett photo)

And did you know:

  • Our Station Services team and contractors provide winter maintenance to 86 GO Stations and Park & Rides across the region
  • 20 GO Stations use specialize snow melt systems installed under the platform levels that automatically detect snow and heat up to melt any accumulation
  • In extreme weather events, our crews extend station building hours to allow those waiting for their ride to wait inside a warm area.

We know any lull during winter won’t last long. But we know, as travellers and a transit agency responsible for getting you through it all, we’re all in this together.

And spring is so very close.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx media relations advisor. With files from Nitish Bissonauth, Metrolinx media relations specialist.