A GO Transit wildlife rescue that will give you goose bumps

We’re not alone. While the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region of Ontario is the most densely populated area of the country, it’s not just humans who call it home. Wildlife is all around. That means GO Transit interacts constantly with Mother Nature. Here, Anne Marie Aikins, head of media relations for Metrolinx, writes about one recent … Continue reading A GO Transit wildlife rescue that will give you goose bumps

Movement on the Kitchener Line: How Metrolinx is expanding GO Train service on one of Ontario’s busiest passenger routes

Individually, there are a lot of interesting projects underway on the Kitchener GO Line. When you put them all together, they start to form a telling picture of improved service and more options for transit customers. If you live near the line or count yourself as a loyal customer (even during the current COVID-19 pause), … Continue reading Movement on the Kitchener Line: How Metrolinx is expanding GO Train service on one of Ontario’s busiest passenger routes

GO theme is frosting on the cake for one of transit’s youngest fans

What can be better to a three-year-old child than a thundering train made from enough sugar to fuel momentum for hours? This is the story about young Bodhi’s birthday, and a nod to his two great loves. Did we mention GO and dessert? Thomas the Tank Engine is kid’s stuff. For Bodhi’s third birthday, it … Continue reading GO theme is frosting on the cake for one of transit’s youngest fans

Going above and beyond safety at the Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility to keep transit moving

Trains aren't the only thing that need maintenance, our rail yards themselves need a lot of upkeep too. At the Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility, this upkeep happened two stories high above the locomotives and coaches that roll in daily for tune-ups, fueling and cleaning. On any given day, crews at GO Transit’s Willowbrook Rail Maintenance … Continue reading Going above and beyond safety at the Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility to keep transit moving

Steeles Avenue East road closure ahead as crews prepare south side of new underpass to welcome traffic

Short-term traffic detours for vehicle and pedestrians are coming to Steeles Avenue East. But when the project is complete, it will eliminate the need to wait for trains to pass - improving traffic flow, safety and access to GO train service via new pedestrian bridges. Steeles Avenue East is getting an upgrade by moving below … Continue reading Steeles Avenue East road closure ahead as crews prepare south side of new underpass to welcome traffic

The causes of mid-trip changes to GO train rides and the best tips on dealing with them

While rare, disruptions happen on GO Transit rail lines. And when they do, customer voyages can suddenly take a shift, as they’re asked for patience amid the change in plans. Here are some of the main causes of what rail experts call annoying ‘mid-trip modifications’, as well as some helpful tools and tactics if you’re … Continue reading The causes of mid-trip changes to GO train rides and the best tips on dealing with them

Rail corridor around mighty Union Station sees series of significant strides: Here are the improvements coming down Canada’s most used stretch of track

There’s nothing wrong with fighting back against time by getting needed work done. Toronto’s Union Station rail corridor is seeing a number of impressive improvements. We’ve gathered them together, to give readers an idea what it’ll all look like. A little nip here. A little tuck there. Just a bit of a tune up. Phrases … Continue reading Rail corridor around mighty Union Station sees series of significant strides: Here are the improvements coming down Canada’s most used stretch of track

A new use for an old track: How an existing rail line provides the most environmentally-friendly location for a transit layover

Increased GO Train service will reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality by getting more cars off the road. To realize those environmental benefits, Metrolinx must build additional facilities to support additional trains. Layovers – where surplus train sets can be stored between rush hours – are an example. To minimize environmental impacts of a … Continue reading A new use for an old track: How an existing rail line provides the most environmentally-friendly location for a transit layover

East York site selected for Ontario Line maintenance and storage facility

The train maintenance and storage facility,a critical component of the Ontario Line, will be built on a 175,000-square metre site. Once completed, it will become the central location for the upkeep, repair and resting place for the subway trains, when they’re not busy helping move people around Toronto.   After several months of study and … Continue reading East York site selected for Ontario Line maintenance and storage facility

The promise – How virtual tour of Union Station by youngest transit fans became a lesson in tough realities but also assurance things will get better

It’s been tough to be an adult, adjusting life and movements around a pandemic. But imagine, as a child, recent adjustments aren’t really changes at all – they’re just realities of life. Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx’s well-known head of media relations, was reminded as she recently led a group of kindergarten students through a virtual … Continue reading The promise – How virtual tour of Union Station by youngest transit fans became a lesson in tough realities but also assurance things will get better