Media Release

June 20, 2012

York Region motorists, cyclists and pedestrians reminded to exercise caution at all railway crossings

GO Transit weekend train service on the Barrie line starts Saturday, June 23, 2012
NEWMARKET – With weekend GO Train service on the Barrie line scheduled to begin this Saturday, The Regional Municipality of York and GO Transit would like to remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on York Region’s roads to exercise caution near railway tracks and crossings.
As part of a weekend service pilot, GO Transit will be running six southbound trains to Union Station and six northbound trains each Saturday and Sunday (plus holidays) from June 23 to September 3 on its Barrie line.
York Region is asking everyone to be mindful of the following safety tips:
Safety Tips for motorists:
• When approaching a railway crossing, look both ways for oncoming trains and be prepared to stop, if required
• When the warning lights are activated and a train is approaching:
o Do not stop in the middle of the tracks under any circumstance
o Stop at least five metres away from the nearest rail 
o Proceed across the tracks only when the lights have stopped flashing and the tracks are clear
Safety Tips for Cyclists and Pedestrians:

• Always obey railway crossing warning signs and signals and yield the right-of-way to approaching trains
• When on foot, avoid stepping onto the rail as it is a smooth metal surface and you could easily slip; always step over each rail as you cross
• Avoid using any personal audio device as you approach a crossing; it will interfere with your ability to hear an approaching train
• When using wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles and other rolling items at railway crossings, use extra caution; small wheels can get stuck in the groove designed for the train wheels
• Take the time to stop, look, and listen
• Never walk on or along the railway tracks

For more information on the Barrie weekend GO Train service pilot, including a complete schedule, please visit:

For information on YRT/Viva, including connecting service at GO Train stations on the Barrie GO Train line, please visit:

Media Contact: Ken Turriff, Corporate Communications, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1226 • Cell: 905-251-6415 •

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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