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While COVID kept most transit riders at home much changed on GO Transit

As the pandemic restrictions slowly and cautiously get lifted and new routines created, transit riders are gradually – sometimes timidly – returning to GO Transit and UP Express. Even long-time customers are discovering they might need a refresher as much changed in so many ways while they were away. Here, Anne Marie Aikins, head of Metrolinx media and public relations, looks at what is the … Continue reading While COVID kept most transit riders at home much changed on GO Transit

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Listen to official radio salute as passenger train engineer steps back from controls after five decades

Back when Doug Briscoe began his railroading career, you could buy an average Canadian home for around $30,000, Sean Connery was the only Bond who mattered, and the Trans-Canada Highway was finally completed. Staying in one career for 50 years, Briscoe has finally decided to retire. But that doesn’t come without memories, including a snippet of a radio transmission captured on his very last trip at the controls of a GO Transit train. As a birthright, it seemed … Continue reading Listen to official radio salute as passenger train engineer steps back from controls after five decades

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Riders flock to first Niagara weekend GO trains

The return of Niagara weekend GO service is being hailed as another example of Ontario recovering from the pandemic – and travelling for fun again. Here’s how well that first weekend went, as customers now plan for weekends to come. Word travels fast. Especially if it’s the reintroduction of weekend GO Transit rail service to Niagara Falls. The return of the service proved to be … Continue reading Riders flock to first Niagara weekend GO trains

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Specially engineered walls bring Davenport Diamond Guideway project to a new level

Construction on the Davenport Diamond Guideway project is, in a very real way, ramping up. Recently, reinforced concrete columns have been popping up as they form structural piers to support the elevated guideway. Next, community members will see even more activity above ground as crews build the mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls at the north and south ends of the project. The engineering behind these ’MSE’ … Continue reading Specially engineered walls bring Davenport Diamond Guideway project to a new level

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How a love connection was made on a GO train

You just never know who you might meet on your commute home. Just ask Emily Pickles. She spotted Jordan, her fiancé and soon-to-be husband, on the Kitchener line five years ago. The couple decided a GO station was an ideal location for an engagement photoshoot. For some, a GO station is the beginning of a journey, for others it’s the beginning of a love story. … Continue reading How a love connection was made on a GO train

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Metrolinx looks for input on transit security and Transit Safety interactions with the community

The transit agency is launching a community survey to explore what ‘guardianship’ means as safety continues to be a priority for every passenger, community member and transit staff member. Here’s how to take part and be heard. (Editor’s note on June 17, 2021- Feedback from this community survey will be addressed and discussed during a June 30 virtual townhall, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. … Continue reading Metrolinx looks for input on transit security and Transit Safety interactions with the community

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Train time is anytime as Metrolinx reminds Credit River thrill seekers to stay off tracks for their own safety

The temperature outside is rising and so are the number of incidents involving trespassers, particularly with people using a railway overpass as a diving platform into the Credit River in Mississauga. “Emergency. Emergency. Emergency.” Holding their collective breath, the crew of a Lakeshore West GO train recently slammed on their brakes and made an urgent call over their radio. Just moments earlier, while travelling at more … Continue reading Train time is anytime as Metrolinx reminds Credit River thrill seekers to stay off tracks for their own safety

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Metrolinx staff make a young woman’s final wish to operate a train come true

Transit vehicles, especially big commuter trains, can inspire imagination and even a bit of awe. But for some, they become the thing of dreams and wishes. In her latest column, Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx’s well known head of media relations, writes about a young woman who had one wish, set against the most difficult of times. If given the opportunity to ask for anything – … Continue reading Metrolinx staff make a young woman’s final wish to operate a train come true

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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 encounter that was small but heartfelt. Even the most densely … Continue reading A GO Transit wildlife rescue that will give you goose bumps

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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), this roundup is for you. Putting together a 1,000-piece puzzle … Continue reading Movement on the Kitchener Line: How Metrolinx is expanding GO Train service on one of Ontario’s busiest passenger routes