GO Transit Expands Bike-Friendly Options

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Metrolinx is responding to the growing demand for bicycle and e-bike transport on the GO Train network by introducing new bike coaches and updating its bike policies. These changes aim to make commuting safer and more convenient for all passengers.

New Bike Coaches

To accommodate more bikes, Metrolinx is adding eight new designated bike coaches to its fleet, more than doubling the current number. These new coaches will serve the Kitchener Line and provide seasonal weekend service on the Lakeshore West trips to Niagara Falls. Each train trip will feature one bike coach, capable of holding up to 22 bikes, along with additional seating for passengers.

Updated Bike Policy

Metrolinx is also updating its bike policy to enhance safety across trains, buses, and stations. Key points of the updated policy include:

  • E-bike batteries must meet UL or CE standards and be free of physical damage or tampering.
  • GO Transit staff will inspect e-bikes and attach tamper-proof seals to those that comply with the new safety requirements.

The updated policy will be enforced starting April 9. GO Transit staff will assist customers by educating them on the new rules, directing them to bike coaches, helping distribute bikes evenly across train coaches, and ensuring that bike capacity limits are not exceeded.

Bike Safety Reminders

Metrolinx emphasizes safety with the following reminders for customers traveling with bikes or e-bikes:

  • Do not ride bikes or e-bikes inside GO stations or on platforms.
  • Avoid bringing bikes onboard weekday trains arriving at Union Station from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and departing from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • On regular GO Train coaches, a maximum of two bikes can be stored in each designated bicycle zone.
  • Always stay with your bike while on board and avoid blocking doorways, stairwells, or aisles.
  • Remove e-bike batteries before storing bikes on GO bus racks and bring the batteries onboard the bus.

Contact Information

For further details, customers can visit the GO Transit website to read the full policy. For media inquiries, journalists can reach out to the media relations team at [email protected]. For customer service, visit Metrolinx – Contact Us.

By making these changes, Metrolinx is enhancing the commuting experience for cyclists, ensuring a safer and more convenient transit environment for everyone.

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