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Metrolinx updates COVID cases

Throughout the pandemic, the transit agency has constantly updated the public on any new cases of the virus among its employees. Here are the latest results. September 14, 2020 – Metrolinx has been informed that an employee working in bus operations has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member has not been at work since August 5 as they were on leave and contracted the virus … Continue reading Metrolinx updates COVID cases

A pruning truck sits near some trees, on Hurontario St.

The birds and the trees – How environmental sustainability is embedded in the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project

There are plenty of technical obstacles and opportunities faced when building a modern urban transit system. But among the first thing planners and builders have had to keep on the radar for the HuLRT route, is how it impacts nature. Here are some of the ways experts are keeping the system green. She was the first passenger aboard the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) project … Continue reading The birds and the trees – How environmental sustainability is embedded in the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project

Image shows the inside of a giant machine. Lots of dirty metal.

Rare look inside the beast – Crosstown LRT tunnel boring machine image sees giant mechanics opened up

Now that the last two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) have been largely taken out of the Earth at the Crosstown light rail transit sites, we’re getting up close and personal with the heroes of the deep. This is the innards of the beast. After being interned underground, large sections of the last two huge tunnel boring machines (TBM) were recently brought back to the surface … Continue reading Rare look inside the beast – Crosstown LRT tunnel boring machine image sees giant mechanics opened up

An image of a construction site.

Transit conversations in an age of physical distancing – How virtual dialogue is becoming key to feedback for Metrolinx, and where you go to be heard

While there may be a distance between everyone these days, it doesn’t mean conversations stop. They just have to change platforms. We break down where to go to have important conversations about Metrolinx projects. You have things to say about the future, including transit. And we have a responsibility to listen and take that feedback seriously. So conversations need to continue. You have likely already … Continue reading Transit conversations in an age of physical distancing – How virtual dialogue is becoming key to feedback for Metrolinx, and where you go to be heard

A truck hauls in large concrete girders.

Finch West LRT – Engineering method allows for quick work on Hwy. 400 bridge (See the time-lapse video)

Physics don’t change, but engineering continues to make huge advances in construction. Recent work on a Highway 400 bridge showed how fast – and efficient – new tactics have begun. Tackling work on existing bridges – especially those around a busy area – is often among the most difficult construction feats. But now add the volume of traffic on Hwy. 400 into the mix. Recently, … Continue reading Finch West LRT – Engineering method allows for quick work on Hwy. 400 bridge (See the time-lapse video)

Crews work just under the roadway, including tractors hauling out dirt.

Just below Toronto – Crosstown top-down engineering taking place just under an active roadway at Fairbank station (New image)

As we’ve taken readers from end to end at every stop and station along Toronto’s Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) system, we’re constantly adding updates on the progress being made. Today, a picture that captures an interesting way crews are toiling just below an active roadway. Just below the intersection of Toronto’s Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West, crews are digging in. To end your … Continue reading Just below Toronto – Crosstown top-down engineering taking place just under an active roadway at Fairbank station (New image)

Darshpreet Bhatti stands up to answer a question before the crowd.

Transit tour continues – Metrolinx town hall coming to Burlington today

Public forum allows customers and residents to ask transit questions in-person and online. So ask away, in a couple different ways. For customers and community members, a trip to Burlington GO station today (Feb. 5) won’t involve stepping onto a train or bus. But there will be a voyage of discovery. Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster and his senior management team are coming to Burlington tonight … Continue reading Transit tour continues – Metrolinx town hall coming to Burlington today

The body of a train carriage arrives at a yard on the back of a large truck. Men work to offload it.

A transit seat above – Remembering when GO trains became bi-levels

As part of our HistoricGO series, we continue to dig through boxes and archives to uncover old relics of our transit past. We recently discovered some decades-old promotional brochures, crew manuals and a how-to guide for our iconic GO bi-level train cars. What colour do you think the first test coaches were? Few GO Transit customers need directions in how to use the top level … Continue reading A transit seat above – Remembering when GO trains became bi-levels

A young child looks out of a train window.

“Oh boy!” – Excited influx of kids expected to ride GO for day of Disney shows in downtown Toronto

As Disney on Ice shows take place at the Scotiabank Arena, regular urban travellers may want to take a bit more care due to an influx of tiny passengers. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe. No, Toronto’s workforce hasn’t gotten much younger overnight and you haven’t suddenly gotten much taller. The downtown core, along with GO Transit lines heading in and out of … Continue reading “Oh boy!” – Excited influx of kids expected to ride GO for day of Disney shows in downtown Toronto

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GO Bus driver safely stops vehicle, after ice smashes windshield on Hwy. 401

Flying ice from vehicles not properly cleaned off can be dangerous – OPP. And here’s a good example. A scary scene played out on one this country’s busiest highways – providing a clear example for drivers to clear their vehicles of ice and snow. A GO bus, including passengers, travelling at highway speeds down the 401 near Meadowvale Road this morning (Jan. 21), suddenly and … Continue reading GO Bus driver safely stops vehicle, after ice smashes windshield on Hwy. 401