Zooming in on Ontario Line plans from Osgoode to the Don River – Delivering a line below Toronto’s Queen Street that’s been anticipated for more than a century

Today, Metrolinx released new details for it’s Ontario Line plan between University Avenue and the Don River. Refinement to the initial plan will mean faster delivery, reduced building costs and, most importantly, improved connections for riders. The new plan takes advantage of space that was dug for an east-west line when TTC’s Queen Station was … Continue reading Zooming in on Ontario Line plans from Osgoode to the Don River – Delivering a line below Toronto’s Queen Street that’s been anticipated for more than a century

One of the busiest rail sections in North America gets major work done – New time-lapse video shows recent work on Davenport Diamond Guideway project

While most of us spent the September long weekend enjoying the last bit of summer, construction crews were working hard to reach a major project milestone. Recently, the old and well known Davenport Diamonds were removed and replaced by a temporary rail diamond that aligns with the new diversion track on which GO trains are … Continue reading One of the busiest rail sections in North America gets major work done – New time-lapse video shows recent work on Davenport Diamond Guideway project

Twin tunnels, single bores and megabores – Local subway planners face choices on what will work best for new lines

Each new subway tunnel is as unique as its surrounding neighbourhood and geology. While six-metre, twin tunnels were once considered standard, more recent technology has made larger, single tunnels possible. This article reviews the different sizes of tunnels and the factors that go into choosing one. Let’s get out the tape measures - the really … Continue reading Twin tunnels, single bores and megabores – Local subway planners face choices on what will work best for new lines

As rail traffic increases – Chesterton Shores pedestrian crossing closed over safety concerns

Metrolinx is shutting down a track-level pedestrian crossing at Chesterton Shores, near Rouge Hill GO Station, to improve community safety. The crossing has become increasingly unsafe as a result of more train traffic.  The concern is highlighted by a single bicycle – a quiet testimonial of what’s at stake. Chained to a nearby fence is … Continue reading As rail traffic increases – Chesterton Shores pedestrian crossing closed over safety concerns

Tile by lamp-light – New Eglinton Crosstown images show moody shots of construction, as well as escalators going through the tunnels before being installed

The Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line continues to make significant progress. In the latest batch of photos, we noticed two that play a bit with light and mood. And another that shows how builders are using the tunnels to help install things like escalators. Call us grounded transit romantics. But going over the latest … Continue reading Tile by lamp-light – New Eglinton Crosstown images show moody shots of construction, as well as escalators going through the tunnels before being installed

Metrolinx launches new vending machines dispensing face coverings and other safety products

Customers will be able to purchase items from vending machines at select GO and UP stations. Running low on hand sanitizer as you head to GO or UP Express? There’s a vending machine for that - and more. Metrolinx has introduced new safety vending machines that dispense personal protective equipment, like face coverings and disposable … Continue reading Metrolinx launches new vending machines dispensing face coverings and other safety products

GO Transit recruits GO Bear mascot to teach riders how to properly wear non-medical face masks

As part of a wide-reaching Safety Never Stops campaign, GO Transit has created videos using GO Bear, to help guide customers through recent changes while travelling on the network. For many, a big, silent bear can speak volumes about staying safe on trains and buses. GO Transit is releasing new videos featuring their mascot GO … Continue reading GO Transit recruits GO Bear mascot to teach riders how to properly wear non-medical face masks

A good sign as Cooksville GO gets its name up in lights – See the video here

The new Cooksville GO Station gets a bit of important branding. But putting up the official sign is no small feat. What’s in a name? If it’s hoisted up on the entrance to a major GO station, it becomes an iconic symbol of countless journeys, as well as a point of pride for locals. Recently, … Continue reading A good sign as Cooksville GO gets its name up in lights – See the video here

A breakthrough on Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels Project – See the video as crews break through on one of the tunnels

A sight to see as crews broke through the end of Tunnel One on the Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels Project. Months of excavation and hard work delivers a memorable moment. After months of digging through debris, solid ground and dirt, crews have successfully reached the light at the end of Tunnel One. It … Continue reading A breakthrough on Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels Project – See the video as crews break through on one of the tunnels

Drone video takes you into the depths of transit construction at Toronto dig – Take flight into Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels Project

Go above and then inside the work happening just below 21 live lanes of Toronto traffic. Hold on tight. Recent drone video for the Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels project takes you into one of the tunnels, right beneath the cars travelling above. The new tunnels will provide space for two additional tracks in … Continue reading Drone video takes you into the depths of transit construction at Toronto dig – Take flight into Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnels Project