More pedestrian access coming to The Ex

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Plans for a revamped Exhibition GO station would provide better access to and from venues and events

There’s often a rush that comes with everything that happens on the grounds at the CNE. Whether it’s the rides and games at the annual Exhibition itself or Toronto FC matches and Argos games at BMO Field, you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement.

It’s also easy to get caught up in the crowds.

That’s why there are plans in the works to overhaul the area around Exhibition GO station. People need to move across the rail corridor and along the platforms better. Thousands of customers and sports fans are flowing both north and south along streets and through tunnels, so it’s important to make things easier.

looking north-east filter Illustration for Exhibition GO Station proposal, looking north-east.

“To improve crowding at Exhibition Centre, not only are we going to provide a wider…

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Former NHL goalie and hockey analyst Glenn Healy marks 25 years as GO Transit commuter

Definitely sharing this post with Dad. A hockey fan and a train fan.

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While spending much of his life making saves on the ice, former NHL goalie Glenn Healy also makes a point of saving time by hopping on the train at Whitby GO Station every day.

Healy is no GO train rookie. He’s been riding, what he affectionately calls, the “Green Limousine” for more than 25 years. In fact, he has enjoyed his ride on the train for so long, his morning coffee is poured the moment he strolls into Whitby Station.

“The GO is so convenient, and the people are so friendly,” Healy said. “I took it to games at Maple Leaf Gardens during my time with Leafs and I still take it to work.”

Glenn Healy GO Former NHL player Glenn Healy on the Mimico GO Station platform

On top of being a seasoned GO rider, Glenn is a veteran of 15 NHL seasons, he’s a former Maple Leaf goaltender, sports broadcaster, and…

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Scenes from Today’s #biketo ride & the Challenge with Social Media

Wonderful bike ride this morning to Hummer Bay. What a contrast to last weekend’s weather. Below are some pictures of what I saw along the way. The challenge with social media is that it can often bury pictures and memories in one’s timeline. So, by doing this blog post it’ll be easier for me to go back and remember today’s journey.

Train!

Flexity!

Final Phase 1 Update

Lower Don Trail Construction Updates

Mayor Tory riding over Pottery Road bridge

This is the final post for the Lower Don Construction Blog related to the Phase 1 improvements on the trail, which are now substantially complete with the reopening of the trail on September 23, 2017.

Thank you for following and contributing.

Here are some final updates, forward-looking comments, and ways you can continue to follow trail news and interact with us…

Rail crossing at Pottery Road

Many of you have provided valuable insights into the rail crossing by the new Pottery Road trail bridge.

  • Thanks to your comments, this spring, new pavement markings will be applied to the trail leading up to the crossing as well as warning signage adjacent to the trail. The markings, saying “CAUTION [Rail symbol] CROSSING,” will alert riders to the crossing ahead.
  • We are also working with Metrolinx to re-examine the P-gate arrangement at the crossing to see if further improvements can be made at…

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A Gallery of Throwback Thursdays for 2017

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As a Christmas gift to all my readers here, this post is a gallery of the photos I put up on Twitter (@swanboatsteve) for “throwback Thursday” this year. I know that not everyone follows me on social media, and in any event, I wanted to assemble all of the photos in one convenient place.

There is no particular rhyme or reason to this collection beyond whatever happened to be a topic appropriate for the occasion.

Also, an apology to regular readers for the lack of updates, beyond promoting comments, recently. I have been distracted and many articles and ideas are marooned “in progress”. Over the holidays there should be no new political crises to attend to, and I hope to catch up.

Best wishes for the holidays to everyone!

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2017 Top Ten Favourite Moments with Metrolinx Transit Staff

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Singing CSA

*photo courtesy Metro News*

Most transit customers just want their ride to be peaceful (don’t dare answer that phone in the Quiet Zone!), uneventful and on time. However, disruptions can happen and we know a few entertaining words from our multi-talented drivers and customer service staff can go a long way to reducing blood pressures.

For 10 years, Barrie GO customers have had the pleasure of being serenaded by singing Customer Service Ambassador (CSA) Gord, often during the holidays, bringing a smile to many. Customers love it when they suddenly hear a child’s voice announcing the next station — CSAs will often allow children to take over the microphone. And one CSA allowed a smitten, and I must say confident guy, ask his girlfriend to marry him over the air waves.

We had our share of other quotable moments in 2017.

Here are our top 10 favourites:

  1. On May 4

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