Older than the first footsteps on the Moon – Guildwood station’s notorious Switch No. 3 lands new home along rail line

Earlier this year, we told you the story of No. 3 switch. An aged piece of track infrastructure located near Guildwood GO station – one that was installed before humans went to the moon. Now that switch has been pulled out, replaced, and put somewhere high and dry. That means more reliable train service for … Continue reading Older than the first footsteps on the Moon – Guildwood station’s notorious Switch No. 3 lands new home along rail line

New route – Proposed walking and cycling path outlined for Maple GO station

Plans for a new path to the Barrie Line rail and bus stop are now under discussion, with construction tentatively to take place in the fall of 2020. We have all the details, including on a public meeting scheduled for tonight (Dec. 3). Access to Vaughan’s Maple GO station – especially for customers on foot … Continue reading New route – Proposed walking and cycling path outlined for Maple GO station

What the heck is a ‘rail frog’ and ‘deadheading’? Take our transit jargon quiz

Every industry and occupation uses utterances that are unusual or unique. The Metrolinx world is no difference. But we’d like to explain some of the slang better. We know. Sometimes we can be a bit confusing. The words we use. The expressions we come up with. We can leave you scratching your heads. But we … Continue reading What the heck is a ‘rail frog’ and ‘deadheading’? Take our transit jargon quiz

Upcoming Transit Special Constables Women’s Symposium inspires next blue line of security experts

An annual gathering of top transit officials, including Metrolinx’s Transit Safety Officers, is an opportunity to learn from champions who patrol systems across Ontario. The one day event is enough to change lives – at least for Meaghan Benini, who attended last year’s event and is now a Special Constable. Meaghan Benini had questions about … Continue reading Upcoming Transit Special Constables Women’s Symposium inspires next blue line of security experts

Metrolinx-led mock disaster takes over Union Station for active shooter exercise

First responders, and more than 150 volunteers, participate in simulation at transit hub (Nov 2-3) to test and improve emergency preparedness. While only a scenario, it was as real as possible. The night played out not only inside Union Station but also over social media with dozens of people documenting the action. We've captured a … Continue reading Metrolinx-led mock disaster takes over Union Station for active shooter exercise

Metrolinx to mark Remembrance Day with solemn ceremony and a welcome aboard for military and family

As Canada prepares to mark Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the occasion has a heartfelt resonance for Metrolinx staff. A special ceremony is held each year at an Oshawa GO bus facility – which was once home to a top secret military complex - just as a wider welcome is extended to military … Continue reading Metrolinx to mark Remembrance Day with solemn ceremony and a welcome aboard for military and family

Largest ever multi-agency emergency exercise taking place at Union Station

First responders and more than 150 volunteers to participate in Metrolinx-led mock disaster simulation taking place overnight at Union Station (Nov 2-3) - as a way to test and improve emergency preparedness. This is only a drill - but it’s as serious as training can get. At Metrolinx, safety is at the core of every … Continue reading Largest ever multi-agency emergency exercise taking place at Union Station

What’s been happening as Union Station GO platforms have changed? And are they being extended? Here’s what’s new for the Toronto transit hub

Despite size, history and almost constant use, Union Station sees modernization features added. One determined bite at a time. That, philosophers and an Internet search agree, is how you eat an entire elephant. But what if that particular pachyderm is the size of many city blocks, is universally valued, historically protected and is constantly busy … Continue reading What’s been happening as Union Station GO platforms have changed? And are they being extended? Here’s what’s new for the Toronto transit hub

We – huff…wheeze – barely catch up with Metrolinx’s bike patrol unit as they continue to cover serious GO Transit ground into the fall

How far will this specialized bicycle unit go to safeguard our customers? About the distance of pedalling from Toronto to San Jose, Calif.. This is not a job for the weak-kneed. With every shift – they are constantly flipping through 11 gears – Transit Safety Sgt. Travis Gillespie, and fellow members of Metrolinx’ bicycle patrol … Continue reading We – huff…wheeze – barely catch up with Metrolinx’s bike patrol unit as they continue to cover serious GO Transit ground into the fall

Dressed for duty – Metrolinx Transit Safety K9, Dash, gets his official vest (Photos)

As the transit agency’s K9 unit goes through its early paces, at least one of the dogs is ready – and looking smart - for his testing. Dash, a key member of Metrolinx’s new K9 unit, is now kitted out to begin the next phase of his continued training. Customers may see Dash, or other … Continue reading Dressed for duty – Metrolinx Transit Safety K9, Dash, gets his official vest (Photos)