Yonge North Subway Extension construction partner confirmed for early upgrades at Finch Station

Black & McDonald has been awarded a contract to work on early upgrades at Finch Station that will accommodate the new subway extension to Richmond Hill. The Yonge North Subway Extension has made another stride toward breaking ground with confirmation of a partner chosen to complete upgrades at Finch Station. The upgrades will connect the approximately eight-kilometre subway extension to existing TTC Line 1 service. … Continue reading Yonge North Subway Extension construction partner confirmed for early upgrades at Finch Station

Customers sit in seats on a GO train.

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

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The art and science of building subway tunnels – One size doesn’t fit all

In the dark, all subways tunnels can look alike, but each one is unique. Some are bored and others are mined. The length of a line and the geography of the neighbourhoods it goes through influences how a tunnel is created. A whole series of decisions about each tunnel must be made before construction can begin. This article sheds some light on the choices that … Continue reading The art and science of building subway tunnels – One size doesn’t fit all

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Extreme makeover bridge edition – Metrolinx upgrades Toronto bridge as part of GO Transit expansion work

The Rogers Road bridge rehabilitation project benefits the community in the short term and is also part of unlocking long term transit plans. When it comes to transit expansion work, it’s not all tracks and trains. Sometimes you have to look up and realize it’s the little things that help bring a transit project together.  That’s the case of one northwest Toronto bridge that needed … Continue reading Extreme makeover bridge edition – Metrolinx upgrades Toronto bridge as part of GO Transit expansion work

A woman stands on a GO platform in a vibrant outfit.

Caribbean Carnival Going Virtual: We look at what’s happening this year as we look back on Canada’s celebration of freedom and diversity

How this legendary and iconic event is being handled during a year when all major events are being redrawn – and how you can still take part in the epic party. Talk about vibrancy – and a rich legacy. Now in its 53rd year, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival has evolved into North America’s largest event of its kind, with more than one million participants annually, … Continue reading Caribbean Carnival Going Virtual: We look at what’s happening this year as we look back on Canada’s celebration of freedom and diversity

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

Rendering of rail over road grade separation at Steeles Avenue East near Milliken GO Station

Stouffville GO – Dropping the road while keeping the flow

Local traffic and pedestrians will keep moving while a new underpass is built on Steeles Avenue East. As a reliable junction, it was getting a failing grade. For the Stouffville rail line, the existing crossing on Steeles Avenue East, near the Milliken GO Station was slowing down vehicles, transit, pedestrians and cyclists. With daily issues of congestion and users experiencing frustration travelling along this busy … Continue reading Stouffville GO – Dropping the road while keeping the flow

Drilling work picks up steam on Finch West LRT station construction

From utility relocation, to drilling and excavations, progress is being made on the latest transit project coming to Toronto West. In this series of photo features, residents and future transit customers get a glimpse of the work happening in their community. Here, we dig down on the work being done at the future Finch West station – the eastern edge of the rapid transit route. … Continue reading Drilling work picks up steam on Finch West LRT station construction

Speeding up construction – popular Union Station pedestrian route closing for necessary upgrades

With ridership down as a result of COVID-19, Metrolinx is using the opportunity to speed up some critical construction projects, such as the Bay East Teamway at Union Station. Teamways are the pedestrian walkways that run parallel to Union Station along both York Street and Bay Street – they have stairwells up the platforms, departure screens and PRESTO machines. During a rare period of quiet, … Continue reading Speeding up construction – popular Union Station pedestrian route closing for necessary upgrades