(TORONTO, ON) – Union Pearson Express (UP Express) will go into service June 6, giving people a fast, reliable option for travelling between Toronto Pearson International Airport and the city’s downtown core.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement while taking part in the inaugural ride on the dedicated express train. The service will launch in time to serve visitors to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. UP Express is forecast to carry 2.35 million passengers a year by 2018.
“UP Express is a key part of the Metrolinx regional transportation plan for the GTHA and a concrete symbol of the progress we are making to relieve gridlock,” said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx. “It will offer travellers another option to get to and from Toronto Pearson, with fast, frequent and reliable service they can count on.”
With the launch of UP Express, Toronto will join the ranks of global cities with a seamless airport-to-downtown connection; enhancing the region’s competitive advantage, reducing gridlock, and promoting tourism. Toronto Pearson and Union Station are expected to serve 190 million travellers a year by 2031; almost twice the current annual traffic. UP Express is expected to remove 1.2 million car trips from roads across the region in its first year of operation alone.
The trip between Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs will take just 25 minutes, and trains will depart every 15 minutes.