Select GO Trains and buses will now have seat barriers

Jul 2 2020, 7:44 am

Starting this week, Metrolinx is piloting a series of on-board safety measures across its roster of GO trains and buses.

To help slow the spread of germs, clear plastic dividers placed between seats are being piloted on select vehicles.

The new barriers started their roll-out on 30 GO buses on June 30, and five GO trains featuring the barriers will enter service on July 6.

New plastic dividers are being tested out on select GO buses across the region. (Metrolinx)

Also on a select number of trains, one-way doors and wayfinding signage are being piloted.

Designated entry and exit doors have been implemented on five GO trains, with the aim of encouraging customers to use only specific doors, limiting face-to-face contact.

Separate exit and entrance doors. (Metrolinx)

Once inside the train, customers will notice arrows on the ground, similar to those in retail or grocery stores, directing them in the safest direction of travel.

Metrolinx said the goal is to help keep customers moving through the train while limiting contact.

Directional signage, being piloted on five GO trains. (Metrolinx)

All parts of this trial will be evaluated, including customer satisfaction, Metrolinx said, to determine if the transit agency will move forward with installing the dividers, directional arrows and door decals on all GO vehicles.

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