Anne Marie Aikins on why vaccination is a key part of Metrolinx six point safety checklist for returning customers

As more and more customers return to using GO Transit and UP Express, Metrolinx’s head of media relations and public affairs, Anne Marie Aikins, answers a major question for those riders. Go ahead and challenge me with this question: ‘Is it safe to return to public transit?’ It will be no surprise if I said … Continue reading Anne Marie Aikins on why vaccination is a key part of Metrolinx six point safety checklist for returning customers

Year full of tragedy saw triumphs play out on social media as we begin to recover from COVID-19

In her latest column, Metrolinx head of media and public relations, Anne Marie Aikins, looks at how the pandemic – and society’s continuing triumph over it – played out on the social media she uses to reach countless of customers and followers. Here’s how it unfolded, using her favourite posts. Many of us spent more … Continue reading Year full of tragedy saw triumphs play out on social media as we begin to recover from COVID-19

While COVID kept most transit riders at home much changed on GO Transit

As the pandemic restrictions slowly and cautiously get lifted and new routines created, transit riders are gradually – sometimes timidly - returning to GO Transit and UP Express. Even long-time customers are discovering they might need a refresher as much changed in so many ways while they were away. Here, Anne Marie Aikins, head of … Continue reading While COVID kept most transit riders at home much changed on GO Transit

Inside a Metrolinx hosted COVID-19 vaccination clinic for transit staff and customers

Earlier this week, Metrolinx created a vaccine clinic, and opened the doors to employees and the public. Metrolinx’s well-known head of Media Relations, Anne Marie Aikins, was in the middle of it all. As someone who has given many hours to volunteer at similar clinics, she wades in with a column to talk about what … Continue reading Inside a Metrolinx hosted COVID-19 vaccination clinic for transit staff and customers

Vaccination levels up and virus levels down as Metrolinx keeps staff and customers safe during pandemic

Since January 2020, Metrolinx has kept the public updated on the actions to limit the spread of the virus including any new efforts implemented to keep everyone safe and been transparent about the number of staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. Vaccination rates are increasing – to date more than 8.5 million shots have … Continue reading Vaccination levels up and virus levels down as Metrolinx keeps staff and customers safe during pandemic

Metrolinx staff make a young woman’s final wish to operate a train come true

Transit vehicles, especially big commuter trains, can inspire imagination and even a bit of awe. But for some, they become the thing of dreams and wishes. In her latest column, Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx’s well known head of media relations, writes about a young woman who had one wish, set against the most difficult of … Continue reading Metrolinx staff make a young woman’s final wish to operate a train come true

Metrolinx frontline public transit workers eligible for vaccination May 10

Since January 2020, Metrolinx has kept everyone updated on the actions to limit the spread of the virus including any new efforts implemented to keep everyone safe and been transparent about the number of staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s the latest update, including vaccinations. Transportation workers who are unable to work from … Continue reading Metrolinx frontline public transit workers eligible for vaccination May 10

A GO Transit wildlife rescue that will give you goose bumps

We’re not alone. While the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region of Ontario is the most densely populated area of the country, it’s not just humans who call it home. Wildlife is all around. That means GO Transit interacts constantly with Mother Nature. Here, Anne Marie Aikins, head of media relations for Metrolinx, writes about one recent … Continue reading A GO Transit wildlife rescue that will give you goose bumps

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

Metrolinx marks anniversary of first COVID-19 lockdown – Changes? Anne Marie Aikins touches on just a few

Word of a novel pneumonia virus began circulating around the globe in late 2019. The Metrolinx Incident Command Team began its work early in 2020 to ensure we were ready. When the first lockdown began in mid-March 2020, no one could ignore the reality that a global pandemic was upon us. But that was just … Continue reading Metrolinx marks anniversary of first COVID-19 lockdown – Changes? Anne Marie Aikins touches on just a few