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How advanced signalling technology will bring more frequent GO Train service to Ontario

GO Expansion will deliver more frequent, two-way, all-day service to riders. With so many more trains on the tracks, a technology upgrade is needed to keep them running safely. An advanced new train signalling system, such as the European Train Control System (ETCS), is essential to this plan. Metrolinx News explains what ETCS is and why it could be part of GO’s plan to add … Continue reading How advanced signalling technology will bring more frequent GO Train service to Ontario

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Metrolinx COVID-19 update

Metrolinx has constantly updated incidents where transit staff, and customers, may have tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s the latest. We have been informed that a Metrolinx bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. The last day of work for the driver was October 31 and they had no contact with customers except for one trip leaving at 7:50 p.m. from Yorkdale to Oshawa GO Station. … Continue reading Metrolinx COVID-19 update

Dialing Back in Time: GO’s Dial-A-Bus Service

They weren’t always coach buses or double-deckers and they certainly didn’t carry as many customers as they do today. In the early 70’s, GO transit decided to pioneer a new transportation concept – an on-demand public transit service that would pick you up straight from your door. As we mark 50 years of GO bus service in Ontario, let’s call up this unusual time in … Continue reading Dialing Back in Time: GO’s Dial-A-Bus Service

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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 vacation. Your own office or usually familiar workplace may feel … Continue reading Life after lockdown – adapting to a new reality as people return to school, work and GO Transit

Rolling back the clock – The remarkable 50 year evolution of the GO bus

What a ride. GO Transit celebrates 50 years of GO bus service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Here’s a look back at the buses and coaches that have hit the roads and highways of Ontario over the decades. Let’s look into that ‘fishbowl bus’ your grandparents may remember. Theses buses, along with a service called Dial-A-Bus, which you can learn more about in … Continue reading Rolling back the clock – The remarkable 50 year evolution of the GO bus

GO Transit Expansion in Guelph – you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

As the current Kitchener GO Corridor virtual open house continues, Metrolinx is listening to the concerns of local residents. The ultimate goal is to bring two-way all-day service to key parts of the GO Network, including the Kitchener GO corridor. Here are some of the key Guelph-related topics discussed during the current online engagement session. *Editor’s Note: this story was updated on Aug 10 to … Continue reading GO Transit Expansion in Guelph – you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

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New Burlington Park & Ride makes commuting easier for GO Transit customers

The recent improvements have transformed what was previously a simple parking lot, into a transit hotspot. The new expansion is just one of a series of several improvements taking place across the GO bus network to make things safer and easier for commuters. Burlington area residents now have even more options to get to where they want to go. With construction recently wrapping up on … Continue reading New Burlington Park & Ride makes commuting easier for GO Transit customers

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Pride rolls on and moves online – Here’s how you can join Metrolinx in the virtual parade

Metrolinx is showing the love for Pride and not letting COVID-19 get in the way of a good thing. Staff across the transit agency will be online this weekend to mark the annual Pride parade held every year in Toronto. Supporting LGBTQ+ employees and allies is part of Metrolinx’s inclusion efforts, and this year’s unique circumstances mean people have to get creative. Metrolinx has been … Continue reading Pride rolls on and moves online – Here’s how you can join Metrolinx in the virtual parade

A GO train makes a run along tracks during an early morning commute.

As fast as a speeding locomotive? Not so quick – the rules, and physics, that allow GO trains to speed up or slow down across major Ontario lines

For those of us who still regularly commute by GO train, some things are a given: the sound of onboard announcements, the familiar landscape passing by and even people napping. But have you also noticed trains tend to gain – or lose – speed in certain areas? We break down why you’re chugging along at 93 miles per hour (the maximum speed, which is equal … Continue reading As fast as a speeding locomotive? Not so quick – the rules, and physics, that allow GO trains to speed up or slow down across major Ontario lines

Stouffville line changes – GO trains to be replaced by buses to speed up construction

Starting June 20, GO buses will replace all weekend and weekday midday trains on the Stouffville GO line in order to accelerate infrastructure upgrades and make better use of resources while ridership is low. Other minor changes to GO train and bus schedules are also set to begin later this month. We break it all down for you here. Metrolinx is turning an unforeseen obstacle … Continue reading Stouffville line changes – GO trains to be replaced by buses to speed up construction