A panel of international transportation experts today named Union Pearson Express as Project of the Year at the Global AirRail Awards in Frankfurt, Germany. The UP Express, which will provide fast, reliable and convenient shuttle service between Union Station in downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport when it launches in spring 2015, was also a finalist in the category of Concept of the Year.
UP remains on track
As a mark of continued progress for the Union Pearson Express (UP), the three-kilometre connecting line (or “spur”) has now reached the 55% completion mark. Construction on the elevated rail line, which at its highest point will sit approximately 28 m above the ground, began this spring and continues to meet its project milestones on time. Part of The Big Move series of transportation infrastructure improvements in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the Union Pearson Express service is slated for completion in in time for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
- By Simon Kent, Toronto Sun
As Toronto prepares to welcome athletes of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Toronto Sun reporter Simon Kent talks to Ian Troop, chief executive officer of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) about how Torontonians, associated businesses and services are doing their job to set the event up for success, including the Union Pearson Express (UP).
Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray personally visited the site of what will become the Union Pearson Express station at Toronto Pearson Airport’s Terminal 1, and recommitted the Ontario government’s support for the new express rail link to downtown.
MPP Laura Albanese, Minister of Transportation Glen Murray, Kathy Haley (President, UP Express), and Howard Eng (President and CEO, GTAA) display a rendering of the UP Express Terminal 1 Station.
- By Simon Kent, Toronto Sun
Noting that UP Express is on time and on budget, Toronto Sun reporter Simon Kent interviews UP President Kathy Haley for an update on the project and the positive impact it will have on the city.
Hoarding is now in place at the Union Station Skywalk, where construction is beginning on the downtown terminal for the Union Pearson Express (UP). Part of Metrolinx’s The Big Move, the Union Pearson Express will provide rapid, stress-free, direct rail service to Toronto Pearson Airport with shuttles departing every 15 minutes. The Union Pearson Express will be “UP” and running in time for Toronto to welcome the world to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
- By Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail columnist Marcus Gee visits the construction site
of the new ARL “spur” line between GO Kitchener and Toronto Pearson,
and reports on the potential of the Air Rail Link for Toronto.
Headway is being made on the three-kilometre connecting line (or
“spur”) from Pearson International Airport’s Terminal 1 and GO’s
Kitchener line – a key element of the highly anticipated Air Rail
Link between the airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto.
Construction began this spring, and the elevated rail line – which
at its highest point will rise about 28 m from the ground – is
already starting to take shape.
A major step has been taken towards the Air Rail Link (ARL)
project. On behalf of Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario announced
AirLINX Transit Partners Inc. has reached commercial and financial
close. This means that all contractual steps have been completed
with AirLINX Transit Partners Inc. and construction of the three-kilometre
"spur line" for the Air Rail Link and a new passenger station at
Toronto Pearson International Airport (Toronto Pearson) will begin
by spring 2012.
- By Tess Kalinowski, The Toronto Star
Toronto Star Transportation Reporter Tess Kalinowski talks to
Kathy Haley, president of Air Rail Link Division, Metrolinx, about
the ARL and its benefit to travellers.
The Metrolinx Board directed staff to enter into a contract
with Sumitomo Corporation of America (Sumitomo) for the
purchase of twelve Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) at a price
of approximately $55 million, which includes capital spare
parts, special maintenance tools and contingencies for
Metrolinx design changes.
Metrolinx, the province's regional transportation agency for the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, has been asked by the Ontario
government to build, own and operate the Air Rail Link (ARL) from
Union Station to Pearson Airport.