Metrolinx COVID update

Metrolinx has kept customers and communities updated throughout the pandemic when it comes to staff who have tested positive for COVID. Here is the latest update.

Metrolinx has been informed that two employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Both are bus operators, one from Steeprock and the other from Streetsville garage, and both were last at work on November 9. They were wearing face-coverings and shields while on duty and sit behind an operator barrier.

The staff had no direct contact with customers so the risk to other staff and customers is very low.

A look down from above, at a worker repairing a bus.
The view, looking down on a GO bus undergoing repairs at the Streetsville garage. (Matt Llewellyn photo)

None of the most recent cases are connected in any way. Metrolinx is giving this update out of an abundance of caution.

Out of over 4,300 Metrolinx employees, 28 have tested positive for COVID-19. To date, there have been no outbreaks on the system as safety protocols have helped limit – and get ahead – of the spread.

Maintaining good air circulation on trains and buses is just one way Metrolinx is limiting the spread of transmission. Metrolinx has invested in seat barriers between customers as well as for bus drivers, ensured hand-sanitizer is readily available, added safety decals to ensure physical distancing and made face coverings mandatory for anyone on the transit system.  

As numbers continue to increase around the province, everyone is reminded to take care of themselves and each other by recommitting to 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 (Check out the Metrolinx PPE dispensers and 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.

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