GO Transit turns 49!

May 23rd, 2016 marks the 49th anniversary of the creation of GO Transit.  On this day in 1967, GO Transit began operations with a small fleet of locomotives and coaches.

The service began operating along the Lakeshore West and Lakeshore East lines with all day service between Oakville and Pickering via Toronto’s Union Station.  Rush hour service went west to Hamilton. Continue reading

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GO Transit Reduces Services for Victoria Day Weekend

GO Transit train west of Union Station.

GO Transit train west of Union Station.

GO Transit has announced that it is reducing train service along its Lakeshore East Line and Lakeshore West line over the Victoria Day weekend from May 20th to May 23rd, 2016.

Along the Lakeshore East Line, service will be reduced from every 30 minutes to every hour from Union Station to Oshawa.  This is to allow for work to be done at Guildwood station.  The reduction of service covers Saturday May 21st, Sunday May 22nd, and Monday May 23rd.  Trains will depart Union Station only at 13 minutes past the hour, and 41 minutes past the hour from Oshawa.   Continue reading

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Toronto has its 18th New Streetcar

On Sunday May 1st, 2016 the Toronto Transit Commission was testing Flexity Outlook #4419, the 18th new streetcar the TTC has for revenue service (#4401 and #4402 were originally delivered for training purposes by the TTC and are not yet ready for revenue service.)

Here are a couple pictures of the streetcar operating along Lake Shore Blvd. W. while being prepared for revenue service:

Flexity Outlook #4419 Flexity Outlook #4419

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New GO Transit Cabcars

GO Transit has been steadily receiving its new more sleek cabcars from Bombardier, and started placing them into service in late 2015.

Here are some pictures of the new cabcars: Continue reading

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Transit Adjustments in Preparation for Winter Weather

GO Transit train west of Union Station.

GO Transit train west of Union Station.

Metrolinx, the provincial operator of GO Transit and the Union-Pearson Express (UPX), has announced that it is adjusting service for the morning of March 2nd, 2016.  With an expected 10-15 cm of snow overnight, service levels during the rush hour may be impacted.

As such, Metrolinx has announced the following: Continue reading

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Bloor Danforth Line Celebrates 50 Years

Subway traveling along the Bloor Danforth Line

Subway traveling along the Bloor Danforth Line

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Bloor-Danforth Line.  Service commeneced February 25th, 1966 between Keele and Woodbine stations.

The line was the second subway line built in Toronto, following the opening of the Yonge Line in 1954, and its extension up University Ave. to Bloor St. in 1963.  The line originally was proposed to travel along Queen St., but ridership was growing faster on Bloor St.  The Prince Edward Viaduct also helped with Bloor being chosen as it was built with space for a subway line. Continue reading

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Union Pearson Express Fares to Decrease on March 9th, 2016

Union Pearson Express 001 (800x597)Metrolinx, the provincial agency that runs the Union Pearson Express, has announced that the fares for the service will decrease effective March 9th, 2016.

The train service, which operates between Union Station and Terminal 1 at Pearson International Airport with stops at Bloor Street and in Weston, currently costs $27.50 one way ($19 if you use a Presto card.) Continue reading

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