Metrolinx sees retirement of GO Transit Safety boss – Chief Bill Grodzinski leaves post after overseeing sizable changes in transit security

Many GO Transit and UP Express customers may not have known the name of the top officer keeping them safe over the past eight years. But as Metrolinx director of security Bill Grodzinski retires, after transforming the transit safety division into a modern 'guardians of the journey' team, we look back on how his work … Continue reading Metrolinx sees retirement of GO Transit Safety boss – Chief Bill Grodzinski leaves post after overseeing sizable changes in transit security

Tested – Emergency exercise sees new Union Station Bus Station put through paces (see the images)

On Sunday (Nov. 22), Toronto’s new bus hub was the scene of a mock disaster in preparation for opening day (Dec. 5). Inside a totally new environment, with two floors to navigate, Metrolinx teams – operations and control, transit safety and security, customer communications and media staff, along with all the senior management team - … Continue reading Tested – Emergency exercise sees new Union Station Bus Station put through paces (see the images)

GO bus operator assaulted – Man arrested after transit dispatchers track suspect along transit route

A GO bus driver was struck in the back of the head earlier this week during an unprovoked attack. What followed was a bit of detective work by specially trained Transit Safety dispatchers, that would see a suspect charged with assault. A veteran GO bus driver was ‘sucker punched’ from behind, as he stood on … Continue reading GO bus operator assaulted – Man arrested after transit dispatchers track suspect along transit route

Meet Tyler and Dougie – Metrolinx’s newest Transit Safety dynamic K9 duo

Customers will soon begin seeing Special Constable Tyler Long and his K9 partner Dougie, around the GO Transit and UP Express networks. But let’s go out on patrol with them right now. Sergeant Cam Cooper went to see a man about a dog. It wasn’t, Dougie – but when he laid eyes on this friendly, … Continue reading Meet Tyler and Dougie – Metrolinx’s newest Transit Safety dynamic K9 duo

Moving ahead to honour the fallen – Metrolinx Transit Safety officers hit the road today for Canadian Police Memorial Ride to Remember

The nation marks a solemn weekend of tribute and remembrance, as bike riders across Canada set out to honour fallen police and peace officers. Here’s how Metrolinx’s Transit Safety officers are – amid changes due to COVID-19 – doing their part today. Every day, Metrolinx Transit Safety officers lace up boots and step out to … Continue reading Moving ahead to honour the fallen – Metrolinx Transit Safety officers hit the road today for Canadian Police Memorial Ride to Remember

Rail Safety Week 2020 kicks off in COVID-19 era – See the close call videos that show train lines are no place for complacency

Metrolinx joins Operation Lifesaver and other freight partners to launch Rail Safety Week 2020. Metrolinx has a mantra that guides everything the transit agency does. Safety Never Stops. That means Rail Safety Week is circled on the calendar every year, but the transit operator’s commitment to safety goes beyond a single week or month. Metrolinx … Continue reading Rail Safety Week 2020 kicks off in COVID-19 era – See the close call videos that show train lines are no place for complacency

As rail traffic increases – Chesterton Shores pedestrian crossing closed over safety concerns

Metrolinx is shutting down a track-level pedestrian crossing at Chesterton Shores, near Rouge Hill GO Station, to improve community safety. The crossing has become increasingly unsafe as a result of more train traffic.  The concern is highlighted by a single bicycle – a quiet testimonial of what’s at stake. Chained to a nearby fence is … Continue reading As rail traffic increases – Chesterton Shores pedestrian crossing closed over safety concerns

Killer selfie? Taking photos on GO Transit tracks isn’t worth risking your life

Several recent incidents involving dangerous behaviour near GO train tracks is prompting a public reminder about the potentially deadly consequences. Standing underneath a rail bridge on a recent blazing hot day, Transit Safety St. Sgt. Sue Milos points to a truss that spans across a Mississauga river. “That’s where they jump from,” she indicates while … Continue reading Killer selfie? Taking photos on GO Transit tracks isn’t worth risking your life