E-bike, e-scooter rules revised on GO trains in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton
Published September 10, 2021 at 8:20 pm
The provincial transit agency that runs GO Transit is revising rules regarding e-bikes and e-scooters as it readies for ridership to increase with more people returning to work.
Metrolinx issued a missive on Friday stating that clarifies which e-bikes and e-scooters can be allowed on board transit vehicles and in stations. Essentially, e-bikes and e-scooters are allowed on GO trains and buses but are forbidden on the UP Express, the commuter rail line that runs between Pearson International Airport in Mississauga and Union Station in downtown Toronto.
There are also a set of exceptions regarding e-bikes:
- When travelling via GO bus, customers will have to secure e-bikes to the bicycle rack on the front of the bus. Only e-bikes with a maximum weight of 25 kilograms can be carried in the bicycle rack. E-bikes that can be folded will be permitted on double-decker buses.
- Riders cannot bring e-bikes onto trains arriving at Union Station during peak hours between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., or on trains leaving Union Station between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.This is in line with GO’s bicycle policy.
- Bike decals on GO train coaches indicate where to board with an e-bike or e-scooter.
- Riders are prohibited from storing their vehicle on the accessible coach. Customers are also asked not to charge their bikes while aboard GO trains.
- Like regular bicycles, e-bikes are not permitted on UP Express trains at any time due to the limited storage space available. Storage is currently prioritized for people using wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
- E-bikes that resemble mopeds, motor scooters, or motorcycles cannot be brought onboard GO trains or buses.Customers may park them in motorcycle or regular vehicle parking spots.
The entire policy is available at blog.metrolinx.com.