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Union Pearson Express wins Project of the Year at 2013 Global AirRail Awards

  • May 16, 2013

Launching in 2015, UP Express already acknowledged as a world leader among air-rail links. A panel of international transportation experts today named Ontario’s 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.

“It’s exciting to see this level of international enthusiasm for UP Express so early on,” said Kathy Haley, president of the Union Pearson Express, noting that the service will allow the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to join the ranks of other leading global financial centres that have rail links connecting downtown to the airport.

“When it launches in less than two years, UP Express will enhance Toronto’s status as a globally significant city,” Haley added, “so earning this recognition on the world stage is both an honour and an important milestone for the project.”

Organized by the British publication AirRail News, the Global AirRail Awards are dedicated to promoting best practices and excellence in the international air-rail industry. In naming UP Express 2013’s Project of the Year, the judging panel recognized the importance of its holistic approach to creating the long-anticipated air-rail link for the GTHA. That approach requires a thorough understanding of operational requirements and guest needs and services, as well as the community and business development opportunities the project will create. With a clear focus on providing a uniquely comfortable, stress-free guest experience and convenient access to Toronto’s entertainment and cultural venues, UP Express will help promote the region as a preferred tourist destination and enhance the city’s status as a global economic hub.

UP Express is a key component of The Big Move – Metrolinx’s strategy for a modern, efficient and integrated transportation system in the GTHA. Construction for the project, which includes a new rail link between the GO Kitchener corridor and a new station at Toronto Pearson Terminal 1, is already well underway, and the service is on track to launch, as scheduled, in time for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games in Toronto.

Beginning in spring 2015, UP Express will provide a fast and reliable transportation alternative between Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs – Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport. It will also provide an exceptional level of service, with conveniences including comfortable modern interiors, power outlets for laptops, multi-channel ticketing options, Wi-Fi and luggage facilities. At stations, guests will be able to roll luggage directly on and off the train. The one-way trip between Union Station and Toronto Pearson Terminal 1 – with just two stops along the way – will take about 25 minutes.

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