Metrolinx COVID update

Metrolinx has constantly updated incidents where transit staff, and customers, may have tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s the latest.

Metrolinx has been informed that a bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19.

The last day of work for the driver was Nov. 4 and they had no contact with customers on that day. All staff wear personal protective equipment at work and the bus operators sit behind a protective barrier.

A GO bus traveling along a road
A GO bus travels along a rural route, in this file image. (Metrolinx photo)

Buses are all equipped with hand sanitizer for customers and protective barriers are being installed between seats.

Metrolinx has also had a Willowbrook staff member, who has no contact with customers, test positive.

Out of over 4,300 Metrolinx employees, 24 have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been no outbreaks on the transit system; safety protocols have helped limit the spread. Metrolinx launched a new campaign to show customers how committed the transit agency is to safety.

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, everyone is reminded of the basics from public health:

  • Stay home and off transit if your are ill or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19
  • Wear your face covering and ensure you keep both your nose and mouth covered (Metrolinx is raising money for United Way by selling branded masks)
  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer found on buses, trains and in stations when you can’t
  • Download the COVID Alert App which has been pushed out to all Metrolinx phones.

Story by Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx senior manager of media.