‘Downtown freeloader’ raccoon catches ride on GO train

December 9, 2015

‘Nobody checked to see if he tapped his Presto card,’ Metrolinx spokeswoman says

By Jonathan Rumley, CBC News

Another day, another raccoon problem in the Greater Toronto Area.

This time, it was a “downtown freeloader” stealing a free ride on a GO train heading along the Lakeshore West line from Union to Aldershot stations this morning, according to Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

“He was in Union [Station] and he was discovered in a coach,” Aikins told CBC News. “He needed to be quarantined while he was removed.”

A passenger spotted him and instead of stopping and delaying the train, officials decided to remove passengers from the affected coach and let the train continue on its way.

“He had an hour long nap, probably snoozed,” Aikins joked. “Nobody checked to see if he tapped his Presto card.”

Transit officer Tyler Kay snapped some photographs of the animal. He said in his six years with GO Transit, he has never seen a raccoon on a train before.

“I’m not sure how it got on, frankly,” the spokeswoman said, adding it may have gone on at the Willowbrook rail maintenance facility in Etobicoke.

“They can get through green bins,” she commented, hinting at Toronto’s long dispute with the garbage-eating critters.

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