Raptors win hearts and minds of a city – and country

Few things tend to dominate the heartbeat of Toronto. As a major metropolitan centre, the city is used to major events. But the Raptors have pulled people together in a rare unified cause. One that’s apparently bigger than a single city. We asked UP Express and GO Transit riders – all dressed in their Raptor’s team colours … Continue reading Raptors win hearts and minds of a city – and country

How to stop a GO train in its tracks – the momentum of science and skill behind aligning with a platform perfectly

As passengers, we can’t wait to get to our train stop. But, amid occasional platform overshoots and safety reminders to stay off the tracks, few of us know how complicated stopping a train can be. And that each stop starts long before the brakes are ever applied. For passengers, the effort of arriving at a … Continue reading How to stop a GO train in its tracks – the momentum of science and skill behind aligning with a platform perfectly

How your mild-mannered backpack can become a menace to society – and other tips GO riders need to know

Metrolinx launches safety campaign to raise awareness of avoidable issues across our GO Transit system. We don’t want to get on your back – but for everyone’s sake, and safety, we are going to put a bit of weight on your shoulders. Even as we ask you to take off that backpack, that’s waving in … Continue reading How your mild-mannered backpack can become a menace to society – and other tips GO riders need to know

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