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How electric trains will improve GO Transit train trips

Electric trains will offer GO customers a faster ride. They are part of a broader GO Expansion program that will reduce trip times, improve the customer experience, and give people more incentive to leave their cars at home. Let’s plug into more details. Faster. Quieter. More frequent. No local emissions. These are just a few of the many benefits that will be noticed by riders … Continue reading How electric trains will improve GO Transit train trips

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GO Expansion set to electrify the region – With rapid all-day service and new electric trains

There is no precedent for the GO Expansion program – it is a highly complex undertaking unlike anything before in Canada. The largest and most complicated element of the program is the GO Expansion On-Corridor Works package, a single innovative, fully integrated contract to run more and better service. The winning team will design, build, operate, and maintain the new infrastructure and trains for 25 … Continue reading GO Expansion set to electrify the region – With rapid all-day service and new electric trains

Metrolinx provides update on fall reforestation work in advance of GO Expansion construction

Metrolinx is sowing the seeds of future transit expansion. The transit agency is planting thousands of trees and shrubs in advance of major construction for GO Expansion. Get an update on the tree planting and check out photos of saplings going into the dirt. The idea that Metrolinx is making the region greener while removing trees may seem like a paradox. But between much needed … Continue reading Metrolinx provides update on fall reforestation work in advance of GO Expansion construction

New Metrolinx video explains why removing trees is necessary to unlock a greener GO transit network

Across the region, work has already begun to make room for more GO Transit. Check out a new video explaining the ‘what, why and how’ of tree and vegetation removal and management in preparation for the GO Expansion program. Plus, information on how the transit agency is replacing trees and shrubs across the region. The grass often seems greener on the other side. And when … Continue reading New Metrolinx video explains why removing trees is necessary to unlock a greener GO transit network

Metrolinx deploys Morse code in strategy to protect birds as part of the electrification program

As part of GO Expansion, Metrolinx will electrify most of its network, which means wherever a bridge crosses over an electrified rail corridor, protective bridge barriers will be required. The barriers are new, and so is the proposed design. We decode what this safety feature will look like. Dot-dot-dash-dash, this transit design is meant to catch your eye as well as eyes in the sky. … Continue reading Metrolinx deploys Morse code in strategy to protect birds as part of the electrification program

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Powering up – Why an updating of electric transit may create the tracks forward for Metrolinx

We wanted to plug into a question Metrolinx is often asked – will electricity power the future of GO Transit? As explorations and investigations continue, here’s the current thinking. When patrons first stepped aboard the first electric tram systems introduced in Canadian cities more than a century ago, the people-moving technology must have seemed like a modern wonder. No surprise that in 1884, it was … Continue reading Powering up – Why an updating of electric transit may create the tracks forward for Metrolinx

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What to expect from Kitchener GO corridor virtual open house sessions

A lot goes into improving rail service on a major line. Here, we break down needed assessments for Kitchener Line, and how you can take part in an open house to learn more. *Editor’s Note: this story was updated on Aug 12 to reflect the extension of the virtual open house period from Aug 12 to the new date of Aug 28* A lot of … Continue reading What to expect from Kitchener GO corridor virtual open house sessions