Rolling back the clock – The remarkable 50 year evolution of the GO bus

What a ride. GO Transit celebrates 50 years of GO bus service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Here’s a look back at the buses and coaches that have hit the roads and highways of Ontario over the decades. Let’s look into that ‘fishbowl bus’ your grandparents may remember. Theses buses, along with a … Continue reading Rolling back the clock – The remarkable 50 year evolution of the GO bus

Union Station sees historical prep work to prepare for the future of Toronto transit

As Canada’s most recognized commuter transit hub, Union Station sees a lot of train, bus and traveller traffic. But the constant movement, and time, have taken a heavy toll on structures that stand, season after season. Here’s how it’s being renovated. This historic pause is allowing many of us to look back, as well as … Continue reading Union Station sees historical prep work to prepare for the future of Toronto transit

Where heroically toiling GO trains retreat to – Old document tells origins story of Toronto’s Willowbrook Maintenance Facility

As part of our HistoricGO series, we continue to dig through boxes and archives to uncover old relics. We recently discovered a brochure detailing an overhaul of our Willowbrook Maintenance Facility in the 80s. And even now, the complex plays an important part in the journeys of countless customers – many of whom don’t even … Continue reading Where heroically toiling GO trains retreat to – Old document tells origins story of Toronto’s Willowbrook Maintenance Facility

A transit seat above – Remembering when GO trains became bi-levels

As part of our HistoricGO series, we continue to dig through boxes and archives to uncover old relics of our transit past. We recently discovered some decades-old promotional brochures, crew manuals and a how-to guide for our iconic GO bi-level train cars. What colour do you think the first test coaches were? Few GO Transit … Continue reading A transit seat above – Remembering when GO trains became bi-levels

Remembering January, 1978 – The day smoking stopped on GO vehicles

As we’ve been digging into old boxes and archives for forgotten pictures of Metrolinx’s transit past – all part of a continuing series we’ve dubbed HistoricGO – some 43-year-old pamphlets and a couple grainy photos caught our eye. Take a deep breath, as we journey back to a time when smoking rules were a lot … Continue reading Remembering January, 1978 – The day smoking stopped on GO vehicles

How Milton line was born to become a big deal for GO Transit customers – Do you still own one of these buttons?

As we’ve been digging into old boxes and archives for forgotten pictures of Metrolinx’s transit past – all part of a continuing series we’ve dubbed HistoricGO – one small button, souvenir ticket, grainy photo and a few advertising clippings caught our eye. It all revolved around the first official GO train on the Milton line. … Continue reading How Milton line was born to become a big deal for GO Transit customers – Do you still own one of these buttons?

What the Dickens? Remembering the Charles Dickens’ turkey lost on holiday rail trip

Rail companies have a long history when it comes to service during the holidays, including passengers on GO and UP Express getting to family and friends. But on this day, let’s recall a moment 150 years ago, when train travel had an impact on the last Christmas dinner planned for the holidays’ most celebrated writer. … Continue reading What the Dickens? Remembering the Charles Dickens’ turkey lost on holiday rail trip

That’s the ticket – Old GO Transit images from ’80s show the steady flow of customers arriving at Oakville and Pickering stations

As we’ve been digging into old boxes, and the back of desk drawers, for forgotten pictures of Metrolinx’s transit past – all part of a continuing series we’ve dubbed HistoricGO – one stack of black and white prints caught our eye. It was the interaction between GO Transit staff working at two stations, and customers … Continue reading That’s the ticket – Old GO Transit images from ’80s show the steady flow of customers arriving at Oakville and Pickering stations

A 200 year old tree stood in the way of a new Lincolnville GO station bus loop – This is why it will live on

The old-growth warrior has survived development and disease. But just when the end seemed certain, a community came together to see it live on. This tree is a survivor. It started as a seedling in Upper Canada, and for 200 years an elm tree has proudly stood in what is now Whitchurch-Stouffville, part of York … Continue reading A 200 year old tree stood in the way of a new Lincolnville GO station bus loop – This is why it will live on