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

An Anne Marie Aikins column – Hello to a fresh new start in 2021 for transit riders and beyond

Putting 2020 in the rear-view mirror is going to be a challenge. But in this column by Metrolinx’s well-known media senior-manager, Anne Marie Aikins, she writes there’s plenty of reason to feel good about looking straight ahead this year – while allowing some good things to tag along. I dare you to disagree. The end … Continue reading An Anne Marie Aikins column – Hello to a fresh new start in 2021 for transit riders and beyond

Need an uplifting moment or two? Falling for scenes of comfort and nature while on the GO

We’ve spent so much time inside over these past months, it’s nice to remind one another that there are pretty spectacular Ontario neighbourhoods out there – and no better time to soak them in than this time of year. Metrolinx’s head of media relations, Anne Marie Aikins, recently asked customers and transit fans to snap … Continue reading Need an uplifting moment or two? Falling for scenes of comfort and nature while on the GO

Nurturing the childlike wonder of transit – When you’re small, meeting a GO Transit train conductor, even virtually, can be like bumping into Superman or Wonder Woman

As the head of media relations for Metrolinx, Anne Marie Aikins is used to being in the press and speaking to thousands of people at once. But it’s intimate moments helping kids learn about transit – something she’s often asked to do – that often resonate loudly for her. In this column, she tells us … Continue reading Nurturing the childlike wonder of transit – When you’re small, meeting a GO Transit train conductor, even virtually, can be like bumping into Superman or Wonder Woman

Life after lockdown – adapting to a new reality as people return to school, work and GO Transit

As many GO Transit and UP Express riders slowly return to workplaces this fall, Metrolinx senior manager of media, Anne Marie Aikins, joins in a collective adjustment to carve out a new normal in familiar places. In this column, she points out that venturing back out isn’t as easy as a return after an annual … Continue reading Life after lockdown – adapting to a new reality as people return to school, work and GO Transit

Metrolinx Emergency Operations Centre moves to the virtual world amid COVID-19 response

Command team overcomes cyber challenges to fight the pandemic, including keeping updated information flowing to customers and staff. In this column, Incident Command Team member, Anne Marie Aikins, brings us up to speed – including emotions that come with working from a distance. Working during a time of COVID-19, means adapting – including figuring out … Continue reading Metrolinx Emergency Operations Centre moves to the virtual world amid COVID-19 response

At the heart of Metrolinx’s COVID-19 response – A command centre, made up of veterans

Metrolinx media relations head, Anne Marie Aikins, takes us through – in words and pictures – the agency’s Emergency Operations Centre. For Metrolinx, it’s our nerve-centre in responding to the greatest health challenge in a generation. A command post that, minute by minute, is keeping tabs on GO Transit and UP Express – as well … Continue reading At the heart of Metrolinx’s COVID-19 response – A command centre, made up of veterans