The promise – How virtual tour of Union Station by youngest transit fans became a lesson in tough realities but also assurance things will get better

It’s been tough to be an adult, adjusting life and movements around a pandemic. But imagine, as a child, recent adjustments aren’t really changes at all – they’re just realities of life. Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx’s well-known head of media relations, was reminded as she recently led a group of kindergarten students through a virtual … Continue reading The promise – How virtual tour of Union Station by youngest transit fans became a lesson in tough realities but also assurance things will get better

It’s a bird, a plane – No, it’s the drone system that’s used to capture interesting angles along the Hurontario LRT route

We’re sorry if we tend to, well, drone on and on about some of the overhead videos we’ve collected above projects like the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) project. But they’re very cool. https://youtu.be/ERzifeX3F_Y And judging by how many views they get, we know many of you like them as well. But you may also … Continue reading It’s a bird, a plane – No, it’s the drone system that’s used to capture interesting angles along the Hurontario LRT route

Point and Call – Metrolinx introduces the practice of Shisa Kanko to GO Transit trains

Passengers travelling, or soon returning to more regular GO Transit trips might notice something a little out of the ordinary when their train comes to a stop. An ancient Japanese practice is now in place and it’s aimed at improving the door operations of the coaches and ultimately making the GO system even safer. Mother … Continue reading Point and Call – Metrolinx introduces the practice of Shisa Kanko to GO Transit trains

Tracking the track along Finch Avenue West – See time-lapse video of the first Traction Power Substation at the Maintenance and Storage Facility

Guideway construction work has started along Finch Avenue West for the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) line. But there’s a lot more happening – captured in images, video and this primer. And learn why experts will need to ‘burn in’ the light rail vehicles to come, and how cork is used on the rails. … Continue reading Tracking the track along Finch Avenue West – See time-lapse video of the first Traction Power Substation at the Maintenance and Storage Facility

Agincourt GO Station demolished – See video of the building coming down, as well as what will rise from the rubble in Scarborough

As work at Agincourt GO progresses, the original station needed to come down. Recently, a temporary trailer and washrooms were set up to prepare for the existing station demolition. Following the clearance of the old station area, improvements to the west platform and the exterior of the new station building can proceed. Watch the demolition … Continue reading Agincourt GO Station demolished – See video of the building coming down, as well as what will rise from the rubble in Scarborough

See the videos – Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel project completes excavation in tunnel two

Crews have reached another milestone in the new rail passage in the heart of some of the busiest highway traffic in Canada – 100 per cent excavation in tunnel two. Since March, heavy machinery has been digging through rock and debris in the second tunnel. We get the dirt on how this was done on … Continue reading See the videos – Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel project completes excavation in tunnel two

Reforestation efforts in action – get a drone video view of work Metrolinx is doing to increase tree cover

A new bird’s eye view shows a 3.5-hectare planting site at Rouge National Urban Park. We take you over it all. Let’s go higher than the trees. Metrolinx recently partnered with Parks Canada and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to plant over 12,000 trees and shrubs at Rouge National Urban Park in preparation for … Continue reading Reforestation efforts in action – get a drone video view of work Metrolinx is doing to increase tree cover

Exploring the route – Take a rare ride aboard an Eglinton Crosstown vehicle during testing (video)

There’s been significant advances done along the light rail transit route that will one day move countless Toronto residents and visitors from east to west across Canada’s largest city. But for now, you get to ride (almost) solo, in this cool test video. You have a sophisticated light rail transit vehicle to yourself – almost. … Continue reading Exploring the route – Take a rare ride aboard an Eglinton Crosstown vehicle during testing (video)

Smooth operator – How a ‘tunnel liner’ machine handles rough spots while digging through the earth on Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel Project

Now that excavation on Tunnel One is complete on a task to burrow an important rail tunnel below and through Toronto’s busy Highway 401 and 409 area, the crews are moving a liner machine through to ensure a smooth mold inside the new subterranean passage. We take you into the depths to show you how … Continue reading Smooth operator – How a ‘tunnel liner’ machine handles rough spots while digging through the earth on Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel Project

One of the busiest rail sections in North America gets major work done – New time-lapse video shows recent work on Davenport Diamond Guideway project

While most of us spent the September long weekend enjoying the last bit of summer, construction crews were working hard to reach a major project milestone. Recently, the old and well known Davenport Diamonds were removed and replaced by a temporary rail diamond that aligns with the new diversion track on which GO trains are … Continue reading One of the busiest rail sections in North America gets major work done – New time-lapse video shows recent work on Davenport Diamond Guideway project