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Metrolinx Overview

Legislative mandate

Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario under the Metrolinx Act, 2006, was created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The organization’s mission is to champion, develop and implement an integrated transportation system for our region that enhances prosperity, sustainability and quality of life. Metrolinx launched The Big Move, a Regional Transportation Plan, in September 2008.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Transportation and Metrolinx

As a government agency, Metrolinx has an MOU with our responsible ministry, The Ministry of Transportation. This MOU sets out the working relationship between the two parties in areas such as corporate governance, funding, reporting and communications. It also sets out our mandate and accountability framework. The MOU is renewed or revised every five years.

See the signed MOU between Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation | Text version

Vision & Mission

The Metrolinx Vision:

Working together to transform the way the region moves.

The Metrolinx Mission:

To champion and deliver mobility solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.


As part of its plan to deliver long-term sustainable transportation and better transit, the Province of Ontario created the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority on April 24, 2006. Now known as Metrolinx, it was created to play a critical role in planning and delivering a seamless, integrated transit network allowing people to use public transit to travel easily from Hamilton to Newmarket to Oshawa. It’s the final piece in a three-part approach by the Province to prepare the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for growth and sustained prosperity.

Metrolinx is developing a world-class transportation system alongside the work of the Greenbelt, which protects more than 1.8 million acres of environmentally sensitive and agricultural land in the heart of the region, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a plan that coordinates population and job growth.

Crucial to Metrolinx’s success was the development of a Regional Transportation Plan for a seamless, integrated transportation network throughout this region, which is Canada’s largest and among North America's most rapidly growing. The plan – named The Big Move – identified that the province’s transit and transportation problems are regional in nature and cross municipal boundaries. The solution requires the coordination and integration of transit and transportation systems in order to allow growth to happen and help people and businesses move more easily throughout the region.

In 2009, Metrolinx merged with GO Transit, the regional public transit service. The organization grew further with the addition of two more operating divisions – the Union Pearson Express in 2010 and PRESTO in 2011. When complete, the Union Pearson Express will be a premium express rail shuttle service between Union Station in downtown Toronto and Pearson Airport. PRESTO is a new electronic fare card that allows riders to transfer seamlessly across multiple transit systems.

Contributing to our community

Being a responsible corporate citizen is an essential part of the business of Metrolinx.
Read more about how Metrolinx is making a difference.

Sustainability Framework

The Sustainability Framework represents progress towards tracking and reporting on the social, economic and environmental impacts of our business and will include a concrete action plan to achieve performance improvement on identified sustainability metrics over time.

Executive Team

See the Senior Management Team organization chart and their respective biographies.

Operating companies & programs

GO Transit

GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, with routes extending to communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. GO’s distinctive green and white trains and buses serve a population of more than seven million across more than 11,000 square kilometres, stretching from Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo in the west to Newcastle and Peterborough in the east, and from Orangeville, Barrie and Beaverton in the north to Niagara Falls in the south.

In 2009, Metrolinx grew to include GO Transit as an operating division, benefiting from its four decades of prior success. In operation since 1967, GO has evolved from a single train line along Lake Ontario’s shoreline into an extensive network of train lines and bus routes that now delivers over 65 million passengers a year. In October 2010, GO Transit made a public pledge to customer service excellence with the release of its first Passenger Charter.

Visit GO Transit.

Union Pearson Express

Metrolinx was asked to build, own and operate the Union Pearson Express (UP Express) in July 2010. June 6, 2015 marked the opening of the long-awaited UP Express – on time and on budget. UP Express is North America’s first dedicated express rail train, providing reliable, predictable service between Union Station and Toronto Pearson in just 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day. Travelling along GO’s Kitchener line it also makes stops at Bloor and Weston Stations. It is one more option to move travellers and tourists between two of the busiest transportation hubs in Canada.

As part of a flexible fare structure, UP Express offers PRESTO users a 30% discount to travel on UP Express plus other special fares for distance travelled, for seniors, families, students and children.

UP Express is a key part of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan for the GTHA, and a concrete demonstration of the progress we are making to relieve gridlock and get the region moving. In fact, it’s just one aspect of $22 billion worth of transportation investments that Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario already have underway to create a convenient, integrated and faster transit network.

Learn more about Union Pearson Express or visit upexpress.com.


The Government of Ontario, GO Transit, and nine transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Ottawa have partnered to introduce PRESTO – a new electronic fare card that allows riders to transfer seamlessly across multiple transit systems.

Electronic fare cards are used around the world with great success.

PRESTO uses the latest technology to make it easier to pay your fare while traveling within and between transit systems by the simple tap of a card. The PRESTO card is the size of a debit card and has a computer chip that communicates with card readers at transit stations or on transit vehicles. The system calculates the fare for your trip and deducts it from the balance stored on your card – all in less than a second.

PRESTO is available on 8 transit agencies in the GTHA, on 14 TTC stations with full TTC deployment planned for 2014 – 2016, and fully deployed on the OC Transpo network in Ottawa.

Learn more about PRESTO.

Smart Commute

Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx, with the support of local municipalities, which aims to reduce traffic congestion and take action on climate change through transportation efficiency. Area employers and commuters are provided with services and assistance to explore different commuting options, such as carpooling, transit, cycling, walking, telework and flexible work hours.

The program is delivered through a network of local transportation management associations throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. New employers are signing on to Smart Commute every week, representing hundreds of thousands of commuters in the region.

Visit Smart Commute.

Transit Procurement Initiative

The Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI) is a program of Metrolinx, which supports local municipal transit operators with procurement of vehicles, equipment, technologies, facilities and related supplies. The TPI program provides full support through the procurement process along with project management to local municipalities. The program has grown to 29 participating municipalities and transit agencies. TPI aims to reduce per unit costs, increase quality of vehicles procured, and provide an open and transparent procurement process. The program has delivered five projects on various vehicle types, ordered over 820 buses to date and developed an award-winning, joint procurement for bus parts.

Visit the Transit Procurement Initiative Office.