(TORONTO, ON) – Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled the new Union Pearson Express, a dedicated express train to provide fast service between Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs; Union Station in downtown Toronto and the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Construction is now almost complete on the Union Pearson Express station at Terminal 1. Train service is on track to start next spring, in time to serve visitors to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The construction of the UP Express is creating and supporting more than 1,200 jobs.
Eighteen new trains will run between Union Station and Toronto Pearson, in just 25 minutes, every 15 minutes, making it easier to get from the airport to the heart of Toronto’s downtown. It will help relieve gridlock. Toronto Pearson and Union Station are expected to serve 190 million travellers a year by 2031; almost double the current annual traffic. In its first year alone, the Union Pearson Express is expected to take 1.2 million car trips off the road.
“Today’s announcement puts us one step closer to delivering a service which will fulfil a longstanding need for our region,” said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx. “We are looking forward to the launch of UP Express in spring 2015, which will be on time and on budget. UP Express is one among many transportation investments Metrolinx is making to benefit our region.”
Metrolinx has proposed an adult one-way fare between Union Station and Toronto Pearson of $19 with a PRESTO card, or $27.50 without a PRESTO card, with discounts for seniors, students, families, children, qualified airport employees, and people who board at the Bloor or Weston stations.