Your job’s a circus? This Toronto construction worker uses a unicycle as part of his GO Transit commute

Ryan McArthur balances the reliability of a public transit journey with the need to travel his way. Toronto construction worker Ryan McArthur starts his workday commute on at least 88 wheels. But by the time he gets close to his job site, he’s usually down to just one. For most of his daily journey, McArthur … Continue reading Your job’s a circus? This Toronto construction worker uses a unicycle as part of his GO Transit commute

Two track minds – Ontario ‘railfans’ chronicle their devotion to train travel

Among the most dedicated devotees of railways, these transit enthusiasts can trace their passion, far down the line. These are the training days of our most die-hard fans. The start of journeys that turned into rail-life devotion. There are aficionados of airplanes. They gather on their off hours – reclined on lawn chairs or the … Continue reading Two track minds – Ontario ‘railfans’ chronicle their devotion to train travel

Joining a global movement, commuters build lives while on the GO

Scientists to daily travelers: ‘Find habits that build life satisfaction.’ Researchers around the world are very interested in what Maja Cupples is doing right now. Sitting quietly alone and ready to go home, Cupples is slowing down as the city around her gathers up speed for another day. After a long nightshift at Toronto’s Hospital … Continue reading Joining a global movement, commuters build lives while on the GO

Travelling back in time: The remarkable evolution of your GO train

They weren’t always green and white and they didn’t always connect the region the way they do now. The GO train first hit the rails over 50 years ago and the train has never been the same since. As GO train locomotives constantly roll in and out of Union Station, they’re not only carrying coaches … Continue reading Travelling back in time: The remarkable evolution of your GO train

Pearl’s Predicament – Lost on the GO, one best friend’s journey back into loving arms

One family's March Break trip downtown nearly ended in disaster when a much loved doll went missing along the way.  Adam Shea and his family were heading from Hamilton to Toronto on the GO Train when suddenly his 3-year-old daughter Evelyn's "Baby Pearl" doll was nowhere to be seen. For Evelyn, it added unwanted drama … Continue reading Pearl’s Predicament – Lost on the GO, one best friend’s journey back into loving arms

Stepping into the shoes of a homeless youth for just one night

Volunteers were given a scenario, sleeping bag, bus pass and a couple of dollars. They spent the night living on the street as part of an event organized by the 360o Kids organization. It’s cold outside. You’re waiting for the bus and you can’t feel your legs and your hands. You’re hungry and can’t wait … Continue reading Stepping into the shoes of a homeless youth for just one night

Encouraging the next generation of women in transit

The 84th Pickering Pathfinders toured GO's Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility and met with transit experts including Laura Kutisker-Jacobson, professional engineer and senior manager at Metrolinx. The visit was an opportunity for the young women to meet mentors and learn about possible future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.