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

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Steeles Avenue East underpass – A look back and what’s to come next in 2022

The end of the year is a time for celebrations and reflection. It’s also a time to appreciate progress, recognize milestones and thank local residents and businesses for their support as work continues to improve transit infrastructure for communities. Take a look back – and a bit ahead – at the construction progress on the Steeles Avenue East underpass in 2021. Metrolinx has kept residents … Continue reading Steeles Avenue East underpass – A look back and what’s to come next in 2022

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Metrolinx to meet virtually with Birch Cliff and Birchmount residents ahead of GO Expansion construction

Metrolinx will be hosting a live virtual meeting in a couple of weeks (Jan. 10) to talk to residents about upcoming construction between Wolcott Avenue and Kennedy Road, in Scarborough. Here’s a look at the upcoming project, including important timelines, as well as more information about the public event. Metrolinx is holding a virtual public forum to walk through work that’s taking place between Scarborough’s … Continue reading Metrolinx to meet virtually with Birch Cliff and Birchmount residents ahead of GO Expansion construction

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Mandatory vaccination policy takes effect for GO train crews

As Alstom crews aboard GO trains all start adhering to Metrolinx’s rules on the need to be fully vaccinated, here is what customers should know about any impact to scheduling of trips. The mandatory vaccination policy for GO train crews, who are employees of Alstom and subject to the company’s mandatory vaccination policy in line with Metrolinx’s policy, is now in effect. Although 96 per … Continue reading Mandatory vaccination policy takes effect for GO train crews

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How Don Valley Layover is part of a new vision for transit in the GTHA

There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to the future of how people will move around in communities inside and just outside Toronto. Sometimes, how the parts are connected – to form a larger picture of transit in the years to come – can be a bit fuzzy. So we’re taking a look at the transformation against one of the most iconic … Continue reading How Don Valley Layover is part of a new vision for transit in the GTHA

Alstom Thunder Bay plant to refurbish 94 GO Transit bi-level train coaches

Thanks to an agreement announced today in Thunder Bay, almost eight dozen GO Transit bi-level train coaches are being freshened up to ensure the expansion of GO rail service and improve the customer experience. Read on to find out what that entails. Wear and tear are normal and expected parts of a train coach lifecycle, and they do need sprucing up every so often. Instead … Continue reading Alstom Thunder Bay plant to refurbish 94 GO Transit bi-level train coaches

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Metrolinx virtual open house will give update on Davenport Diamond Greenway

Design on the Greenway is well underway and Metrolinx will share the updates in an upcoming virtual open house. Residents can participate by reviewing and commenting on project materials during a two-week period as of November 29 and by attending a live session with the project team on December 13. Here’s how you can get involved. Metrolinx is ready to share the first Davenport Diamond … Continue reading Metrolinx virtual open house will give update on Davenport Diamond Greenway

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How it feels to take control of a GO Transit train for the first time

Recently, Metrolinx held a media event to support Alstom – the experts who crew GO trains – and their shout-out for more men and women to choose rail as a career path. During that event, Matt Llewellyn, a Metrolinx senior advisor for Media Relations, was given the chance to – under a strict watch of an expert – drive an iconic GO train. Other than … Continue reading How it feels to take control of a GO Transit train for the first time

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Metrolinx takes measures to make transit more equitable

At a time when organizations are looking to root out systemic biases, Metrolinx is no exception. The transit agency’s Planning team is looking for new ways to include equity, diversity and inclusion in its decision making to benefit a wider range of people and communities. Here’s how that work is going. New transit lines improve neighbourhoods. But are those benefits equitable? Experts review technical data … Continue reading Metrolinx takes measures to make transit more equitable

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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