Metrolinx adjusts GO Transit schedules due to COVID staff impacts – Allocating resources to provide consistent service across the network

As Omicron spreads into communities, Metrolinx mitigates temporary labour shortages with a reduced schedule. Here’s the latest impact. Metrolinx, like many other businesses, is experiencing rising levels of staff absenteeism due to the Omicron variant. Absenteeism levels vary by department and by the day, but frontline teams for the transit agency are now averaging 20 to 30 per cent fewer staff each day. This means … Continue reading Metrolinx adjusts GO Transit schedules due to COVID staff impacts – Allocating resources to provide consistent service across the network

Metrolinx video shows customers why it is safer than ever to take transit

A lot has changed since the pandemic began, but one thing that hasn’t is Metrolinx’s commitment to your safety. Over the last 18 months, Metrolinx has implemented dozens of safety measures to keep staff and customers safe. As vaccinations ramp up, more people are coming back to transit. Here’s a breakdown of the changes Metrolinx has made since you’ve been gone. For the first time … Continue reading Metrolinx video shows customers why it is safer than ever to take transit

Anne Marie Aikins proudly shows proof of her COVID 'jab'.

Metrolinx announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for employees

As the more contagious Delta variant continues to circulate, Metrolinx is implementing even stronger measures to ensure as many people as possible get fully vaccinated and are protected. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, Metrolinx invested in a multi-layered approach to safety to lower the risk and control the spread. This strategy included implementing over 40 safety measures – like mandatory masks, protective … Continue reading Metrolinx announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for employees

Metrolinx reminds customers to mask UP before they GO on transit

Although vaccination rates continue to rise and more people begin travelling again, public health officials continue to stress the importance of a few simple safety measures. Wearing a face covering on GO Transit and UP Express is mandatory – whether you’re vaccinated or not – and remains an essential part of keeping everyone safe on transit.    The collective actions and sacrifices of so many throughout … Continue reading Metrolinx reminds customers to mask UP before they GO on transit

Metrolinx is going mobile to help make vaccines more accessible across the region

Two GO buses have been retrofitted into mobile vaccination clinics to visit various community hubs and gatherings throughout this summer and fall. No appointment necessary. Read more to find out where the special GO buses will be traveling in the coming weeks. Metrolinx is supporting the province’s efforts to get as many people vaccinated as possible by transforming two GO buses into mobile vaccination clinics. … Continue reading Metrolinx is going mobile to help make vaccines more accessible across the region

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Frontline public transit workers lining up to get COVID-19 vaccine

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. Although vaccination rates are increasing and virus levels decreasing, health officials say hospitalization levels are still at concerning levels. To ensure progress continues … Continue reading Frontline public transit workers lining up to get COVID-19 vaccine

A man helps to attach a glass barrier next to a seat on a train.

Metrolinx continues to guard against the spread of COVID-19

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. This week, Metrolinx had 11 additional staff across a variety of work locations in the GTHA test positive for COVID-19. Although it does it … Continue reading Metrolinx continues to guard against the spread of COVID-19

Harnessing the power of UV light to help customers kill germs

Clean hands are one thing, but what about a clean cellphone? New sanitization machines are coming soon to a GO and UP Express station near you and they use the latest UV light technology.  How many times have you heard ‘a smartphone has more germs than a toilet seat’?   Whether you realize it or not, handheld items like your smartphone, wallet, keys, and even your PRESTO card can carry lots … Continue reading Harnessing the power of UV light to help customers kill germs

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Metrolinx ramps up efforts to keep staff and customers safe during third wave

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. This week, Metrolinx had 14 additional staff across a variety of work locations in the GTHA test positive for COVID-19; six were staff working … Continue reading Metrolinx ramps up efforts to keep staff and customers safe during third wave

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Was 2020 a year never to be forgotten? Let’s test your Metrolinx memory

There are things about this past year that many of us would like to just put in the past. But how much of what’s taken place – especially around transit stories you may have read here on Metrolinx News – do you remember? Let’s put your recall to the test in this quick quiz. For most, 2020 could be scrubbed from the books and only … Continue reading Was 2020 a year never to be forgotten? Let’s test your Metrolinx memory