It’s been a dream of Torontonians – not to mention time-crunched
travellers to the city – for decades. That dream is now finally taking
shape, as construction of an air-rail link between Toronto Pearson
International Airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto is under
way. Here are a few details on one of the most ambitious – and important
– transportation projects in the province’s history.
The UP Express trip between Union Station and Toronto Pearson Airport is only 25 km long, and our trains will whisk travelers between Canada’s two largest transportation hubs in just 25 minutes. But first, they must complete a much longer journey from the manufacturing plant in Nagoya, Japan to Toronto (via the Panama Canal, Georgia and Illinois) – a total trek of roughly 20,000 km!
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A key element of the Union Pearson Express will be the
construction of a new connecting line between the existing GO
Kitchener rail corridor and Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson
International Airport. This Spring, construction began on the
three-kilometre ‘spur’ line. When completed in 2015, the spur
will rise above major highways and roadways: with a highest
elevation of about 28m above ground, the trip will give visitors
and residents a uniquely elevated view of Toronto Pearson and
the city. Find out more...
A special air-rail service calls for special vehicles. For
the Union Pearson Express, new shuttles were required to meet
the unique operating environment of the airport. The Diesel
Multiple Units (DMUs) we’ve selected meet exacting vehicle
performance and design specifications, and conform to the most
stringent air quality requirements. Find
From the time they buy their tickets to boarding our
state-of-the-art shuttles, Union Pearson Express guests will
enjoy the benefits of convenient, well-designed and accessible
facilities. Among those are our four stations – new ones at
Union Station in downtown Toronto and at Toronto Pearson
Terminal 1, and significantly upgraded stations at Bloor and at
Weston. Find out more...
The Union Pearson Express service will require upgrades and
changes all along the shared 22-kilometre stretch of the GO
Kitchener line between Union Station and the beginning of the
connecting line to Terminal 1. In fact, those upgrades are part of a
larger infrastructure project – the Georgetown South Project.
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In the Community
Metrolinx and the Union Pearson Express are committed to keeping
our partners in the community informed and engaged in the
development of the project. We regularly provide updates and
information on project status on our website and in newsletters
available to stakeholders. We have also conducted community outreach
and plan to increase our engagement in neighbourhoods as launch
approaches. Information is available through
three community offices – at Strachan, Weston and West Toronto
Diamond – which offer interpretation services in more than 100