What gives?

Any transit rider knows the occasional delay is just part of the commute. Sometimes what they don’t know is why. Ever ask yourself ‘What Gives?’ when your train has to stop suddenly or reduce its speed? "What Gives" can be many factors that are outside of our control like extreme weather, snow and ice, and fallen debris – even a hot sunny day can have an impact on your journey.

We understand delays can be frustrating, so we’re here to explain some common causes of delays and what we’re doing to reduce and minimize their frequency.

Watch the videos below for some more insight.

Learn more about GO in the Snow

Delays because of switches

With no steering wheel on the train, switches fill the role in guiding the train from one track to the next. When switches encounter problems caused by snow and ice or fallen debris, the train is given a red light and must come to a stop. Find out what the train does to continue on its way.

Delays because of signals

Sometimes GO Train delays are caused by signals, but that doesn't necessarily mean the signal itself is malfunctioning. Find out how various issues can lead to signal delays.

Delays due to heat

In the summer, temperatures can soar well above 30. On hot summer days, we seek shelter from the sun to avoid the effects of extreme heat. Unfortunately, train tracks are fully exposed to the sun and can be affected by hot temperatures too. Find out how high temperatures can delay your GO Train.

Learn more about Extreme Heat