Safety upgrades coming to Ajax & Oshawa GO bus loops

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Published June 22, 2021 at 5:15 pm

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Ajax and Oshawa GO Stations are getting a few upgrades this year, part of a Metrolinx program to improve public safety at bus loops.

Work has already begun on the project as the province continues to beat back the Covid-19 pandemic and as transit ridership increases. The work, at 18 stations so far, will likely continue into 2022.

The safety upgrades will include:

• Painting new yellow lines around the perimeter of bus platforms at all 18 stations and stops (with approximately 300 more to come in the next five years) which let customers know where not to stand.
• Physical barriers installed around the perimeter of select bus loops and across the middle of the bus loops to help prevent people from using it as a short-cut.
• Installation of new signs advising pedestrians that they could be fined if they choose to walk in prohibited areas of GO bus loops.
• Signs installed at 14 select stations which have bus loops to direct customers to specific bus platforms.

Other stations on the list for this year include Square One, Port Credit, Erindale, Oakville, Burlington, Bramalea, Milton, 407/Jane, Finch, Kitchener, Mount Joy, Mount Pleasant, Rutherford, Unionville, York Mills, and Yorkdale.

Metrolinx has another set of upgrades planned for next year as well:

• Crosswalks will be installed at select stations that don’t already have them.
• Existing crosswalks are being evaluated and some will be relocated or reconfigured with overhead flashing lights with push-button activation and zebra striping on the ground for better visibility.
• New pavement decals will also be installed on bus driving areas in front of the curb showing where walking is prohibited.

For more information on these safety upgrades check out the GO Transit webpage

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