A hooded customer walks along a cold platform, with a GO train just beyond

Chronicling public transit in black and white

Images capture the story of Greater Golden Horseshoe in motion.

Feb 5, 2019

Before the break of dawn, on a Kitchener Line GO Train headed eastbound toward Union Station, Ayush Bharbwaj quietly sat and stared down at his phone.

A student, he was headed to an appointment at a downtown hospital – his image, in prayer-like deep thought, reflected in the mirror blackness of the nearby train window.

And then it was all captured in a single picture taken by another traveller on yet another smartphone.

On the coldest of winter days, we recently asked Metrolinx staff to shoot photos of the important people and places that occupy our space – and illustrate what we do.

The black and white images, including the one of Ayush on his morning journey, captured quiet but important moments.

At Metrolinx, we are the sum of many vital parts. And on that frigid day, against a -30C wind-chill, we froze some of them in time.

We received scores of submissions – too many to show you here. So, as we look to use others in future blog posts, these are just a sampling of what our staff saw as they looked for those moments.

A bus driver is seen in a reflection of his mirror.

GO bus driver, Dillon Forret, keeps his shaded eyes on the road while carrying passengers along Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway. (Photo by Matt Llewellyn)

A mitted hand holds up a coffee cup with 'Mom' written on it

Hot sips from her favourite mug leads Metrolinx comms person Sara Wilbur out of bed and onto the Lakeshore East train every morning. (Photo by Sara Wilbur)

Ice drips down against the cold outside of a GO train.

Ice forms on the side of a GO Train. (Photo by Thane Burnett)

A woman smiles at children as she listens to them talk about how they see transit in the future.

Erin Duffy, Metrolinx community relations specialist, presents to grade 5 students at Tiffany Hills Elementary School in Hamilton. (Jessica Scott photo)

From high up in an apartment building, a GO train cuts across an intersection in Brampton. Snow c...

From above – A Birdseye view of an old school locomotive in downtown Brampton. (Photo by Mandeep Jassal)

Looking up at high glass, a figure, behind it, is seen walking above Union Station. The glass is ...

A lone figure walks past windows in an upper walkway above Union Station. (Photo by Peter Bailey)

Two people stand in the cold while waiting for a train.

Commuters wait patiently on the train platform at Cooksville GO Station. (Photo by Fannie Sunshine)

A small shelter, covered in frost, is seen with people inside. One lone man waits outside on the ...

At 8:50 a.m., customers wait in a shelter at the Long Branch GO Station, as a lone traveller stands outside in the cold. (Photo by Scott Money)

A GO train, snow on the front, waits for boarding passengers as the CN Tower looms behind.

During the evening commute, a GO Train picks up passengers at Union Station. (Photo by Rob Granatstein)