Metrolinx releases new heart-stopping near-miss GO train video

Video of a pedestrian who ignores warnings of an approaching GO train, and comes within inches of being hit, used to teach others to be on alert. You know that feeling in your belly when you have to brake suddenly to avoid an accident? The nervous, wow-that-was-too-close sensation that lasts for several minutes? Somewhere, there's … Continue reading Metrolinx releases new heart-stopping near-miss GO train video

Metrolinx transit officers pull Toronto man from tracks on Christmas Day – See the photos

Just one of many lost and vulnerable souls returned, almost daily, to worried families. When74-year-old Shirley Lee was found safe on Wednesday night, two days after she went missing from her Scarborough home on Christmas Eve, searchers and Toronto residents breathed a sigh of relief. Officials used everything from horses to drones as they combed … Continue reading Metrolinx transit officers pull Toronto man from tracks on Christmas Day – See the photos

Keeping it Rail Pt. 2: What it takes to be a GO Train conductor

(This is the second part of a multi-media series by Matt Llewellyn, following the path of a GO train conductor.) The radio crackles. It’s a quick combination of straight detail and underlying graveness. “Emergency. Emergency. Emergency,” comes the call out. “GO nine-zero-five, engine three-not-not-west. Calling an emergency on track three and four on the Oakville … Continue reading Keeping it Rail Pt. 2: What it takes to be a GO Train conductor

Training for transit independence in Ontario

Metrolinx participates in Community Access to Transportation program for people with developmental disabilities. On a brisk autumn morning, a very bundled up Carmen Farrugia waits patiently at a bus stop in downtown Hamilton. He’s wearing a bright red jacket and is standing on the sidewalk a few feet back from the curb. As the bus approaches, Farrugia … Continue reading Training for transit independence in Ontario

Ask Metrolinx public forum attracts compliments, concerns and cool tech

Event saw CEO Phil Verster, management team field questions from customers and community members Nima Yasrebi stood in line at a recent Metrolinx town-hall public meeting and fiddled quietly with his smartphone. One by one, as Yasrebi waited for a turn at the microphone to speak to Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster and members of his senior … Continue reading Ask Metrolinx public forum attracts compliments, concerns and cool tech

First aid training helps Metrolinx employee assist GO customer having seizure

Lynn Longwill’s commute home every day normally involves finding her space in the Quiet Zone on a GO train from Union Station. She makes a point of helping others with accessibility needs but otherwise just enjoys the ride. Her experience on Sept. 26, though, was much different. The five-year Metrolinx employee acted on instinct when … Continue reading First aid training helps Metrolinx employee assist GO customer having seizure

Young amputee shares his story and message about rail safety

Operation Lifesaver launches Rail Safety Week with help from Metrolinx There wasn’t a fight Scott Sackaney wasn’t willing to take on at 17 years old. He had a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo, with some experience in kickboxing and karate. Sackaney had his whole life ahead of him but didn’t realize he was about to … Continue reading Young amputee shares his story and message about rail safety

Metrolinx holds disaster exercise to prepare for worst-case scenario

More than 300 actors, emergency responders and Metrolinx staff take part in a mock train-verses-truck collision to learn a valuable lesson on safety A GO Train coach sits smoking just outside of Richmond Hill after being struck by a large truck. It’s a derailment. The coach’s wheels are off the tracks, its windows are shattered and … Continue reading Metrolinx holds disaster exercise to prepare for worst-case scenario

Transit Safety Officers hailed for takedown of armed suspect

Man holding a handgun runs straight at officers outside of Union Station before being taken down Three transit special constables are being recognized for their heroic actions in stopping an armed robbery suspect outside of Union Station last month. Officers Stephan Fahel, 37, and Brent Strachan, 32, were wrapping up a call outside Union Station … Continue reading Transit Safety Officers hailed for takedown of armed suspect