An UP Express train is seen on tracks, near the airport.

Metrolinx offers free GO and UP service for Vaccine Day

On June 27, a special vaccine clinic will be set up in downtown Toronto. Here’s how GO Transit and UP Express customers can get to and from that Scotiabank event.

This Sunday (June 27), the City of Toronto is hosting ‘Vaccine Day’ with a record-setting 25,000 COVID vaccine shots available at the Scotiabank Arena, to go along with dozens of other clinics across Toronto. To help the effort, Metrolinx is offering free service on GO Transit and UP Express to get to and from Scotiabank Arena.

Metrolinx is joining the vaccination efforts by offering free travel to Union Station and the Scotiabank Arena vaccine clinic and back home again on GO and UP Express for anyone with confirmation (email or printed) of a vaccination appointment. This offer is also being extended to staff and volunteers supporting the clinic (with appropriate ID).

An UP Express train is seen on tracks, near the airport.
An UP Express train makes its way across an elevated guideway at Pearson Airport. (Metrolinx photo)

Toronto Mayor John Tory also announced an offer for free TTC rides to anyone with confirmation of a vaccination appointment in the city, as well as to staff and volunteers supporting the clinics.

Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster also wanted to offer free GO and UP rides to make it easy for people to get to the Scotiabank vaccine clinic.

As vaccination rates ramp up and virus levels decline, Metrolinx is eager for transit customers to return and feel confident in the safety of its transit system.

Metrolinx staff will be out in full strength that day to assist customers who may not have been on transit in many months. All customers – even if fully vaccinated – are reminded to wear a face covering while on transit or in stations and check ahead to familiarize themselves with schedules.

During the pandemic, Metrolinx maintained services for essential workers ensuring safety through vigorous and visible cleaning and mandatory masks for everyone. Customers will also notice new protective barriers between the seats on trains and buses.

Along with all of the dozens of safety actions already in place, vaccination is a key part to recovery for transit systems.

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