Big Read – Take a deep dive into the GTA’s transit history and a glimpse at the future

Metrolinx News has teamed up with Johnny Renton, a local transit advocate and blogger, to share his insights on how two decades of quiet incrementalism set the stage for the impending transformation of the GO Train network into the most modern passenger rail system in North America. The original version of this story first appeared on Johnny Renton’s blog in March 2022. When most people … Continue reading Big Read – Take a deep dive into the GTA’s transit history and a glimpse at the future

A customer buys a GO Transit ticket from an agent in this shot from 1971.

Photos from 1971 remind what GO Transit was like decades ago

It’s been awhile since we brought you images of the past – a reoccurring feature we call ‘HistoricGO’. But coming across these pictures, we thought it was a good chance to peek back 50 years ago for Ontario. Was that your father’s VW bug in the parking lot? Just in the nick of time. Before the calendar clicks over to 2022, Metrolinx News recently came … Continue reading Photos from 1971 remind what GO Transit was like decades ago

Mapping Indigenous history along Metrolinx network

Treaties Recognition Week takes place this week, and Metrolinx is spreading awareness to customers and communities. Here are some of the ways Metrolinx is recognizing treaties across the transit network. Every road, house, building and even the GO Transit network was made possible because of a treaty. As Ontario marks Treaties Recognition Week (Nov. 1-7), Metrolinx is spreading the word on how important the relationship … Continue reading Mapping Indigenous history along Metrolinx network

Crews watch as a section of bridge is moved in.

Original limestone saved as historic Guelph rail bridge gets major refit

The Speed River Bridge has withstood the test of time. Over the course of nine weekends, crews will be working around the clock to give new life to this historic traverse whose foundation was built the same year as pasteurization was introduced to the world. Guelph’s Speed River Bridge – a crossing that’s older than Canada – is getting a new lease on a lofty … Continue reading Original limestone saved as historic Guelph rail bridge gets major refit

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Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster: ‘Transforming transit – a balance of preservation and progress’

As progress on building new transit shifts into a higher gear, CEO Phil Verster explains how Metrolinx puts people at the centre of planning and design decisions so our projects build up our communities for a better future, while respecting what makes them special today. When we think of what makes the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) such an exceptional place to call home, it’s impossible … Continue reading Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster: ‘Transforming transit – a balance of preservation and progress’

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Ontario Line – Metrolinx says plans to include old site of first Parliament Buildings would preserve now-hidden history

A site in downtown Toronto that will be a vital part of the Ontario Line subway once played an important role in Canadian history. Now, work on the new Toronto subway route may help to pay tribute to that legacy. It doesn’t now look like a piece of Canadiana – largely a parking lot and commercial properties, including a car wash and car dealership. But … Continue reading Ontario Line – Metrolinx says plans to include old site of first Parliament Buildings would preserve now-hidden history

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An Anne Marie Aikins column – Hello to a fresh new start in 2021 for transit riders and beyond

Putting 2020 in the rear-view mirror is going to be a challenge. But in this column by Metrolinx’s well-known media senior-manager, Anne Marie Aikins, she writes there’s plenty of reason to feel good about looking straight ahead this year – while allowing some good things to tag along. I dare you to disagree. The end of 2020 couldn’t have come fast enough. It was a, … Continue reading An Anne Marie Aikins column – Hello to a fresh new start in 2021 for transit riders and beyond

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Goodbye old and reliable bus hub: Remembering Toronto’s current Union Station Bus Terminal as GO riders prepare to move into new digs

Lines of customers on the platforms can sometimes be a bit difficult to navigate around, but many great journeys began and ended at the existing Union Station Bus Terminal, located in the heart of Toronto. Now, the workhorse station is about to get a rest from constant activity, as a new GO Transit bus hub opens just next door. How many times have you stood … Continue reading Goodbye old and reliable bus hub: Remembering Toronto’s current Union Station Bus Terminal as GO riders prepare to move into new digs

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Moving history – Guelph’s iconic steam locomotive is being relocated this weekend

After resting idle for years, Guelph’s historic steam locomotive is on the move again as the storied train from the past makes way for future improvements coming to Guelph Central Station. That’s good news – though life for the mighty machine hasn’t always been easy. Locomotive 6167 is about to get moving again. After sitting idle on Farquhar St., in Guelph, for almost a decade, the … Continue reading Moving history – Guelph’s iconic steam locomotive is being relocated this weekend

Image shows a meld of an historical photo of people on a platform with a GO train pulling up.

As Aurora GO Station prepares for a facelift – Images combine then-and-now look at importance of rail connection for the community

For more than 160 years, the train station has been an important part of the Aurora community – one that is about to get a facelift. An innovative photo history project shows why there’s been such a strong connection with the rail lines, and the station itself. Aurora GO Station, which is showing its age, is preparing to draw back the year. That means it’s … Continue reading As Aurora GO Station prepares for a facelift – Images combine then-and-now look at importance of rail connection for the community