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Union Pearson Express Open for Pan Am Games

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Union Pearson Express Open for Pan Am Games

New Airport Link to Strengthen the Economy, Manage Congestion

Ministry of Transportation

The Union Pearson Express (UP Express) is now open to the public in time for Toronto to host the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

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. The trip between Canada's two busiest transportation hubs will take just 25 minutes, and trains will depart every 15 minutes.

The train is PRESTO enabled, providing customers with the option to use their PRESTO card to travel for a discounted adult, one-way fare of $19 from Union Station to Toronto Pearson International Airport. This allows PRESTO customers to tap their cards on the train and connect to the UP Express without having to purchase a separate ticket.

The government is investing more than $130 billion over 10 years in public infrastructure, the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. UP Express is one of $16 billion worth of projects underway to modernize transit infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Making the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • UP Express connects Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs and is forecast to carry 2.35 million passengers a year by 2018.
  • 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 $16 billion worth of transit expansion and improvement projects underway in the GTHA includes UP Express, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, York VIVA Bus Rapid Transit, and Union Station Revitalization.

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“This is a great day to see UP Express service open and Toronto join the ranks of other global cities. It will give people one more option to get to and from the airport and the downtown core, and just in time for Toronto to host the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games this summer. This is proof of our government’s commitment to making transportation investments that benefit the entire region.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“I'm proud that our government's leadership pursuing the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games has helped us leverage world-class infrastructure like the UP Express. It’s an exciting time for Toronto and the UP Express will boost tourism and make it easier for residents and visitors alike to get around during the Games and for generations to come.”

Michael Coteau

Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“I'm excited the first air rail link opening in North America will have two community stops: one in my community at Weston and one at Bloor. The UP Express will provide opportunities for the revitalization of our neighborhoods.‎””

Laura Albanese

MPP, York South- Weston

“This is an important project that is welcome news for Torontonians who have long awaited an express line to the airport. This government is truly committed to building priority infrastructure projects that meet the needs of today and for many years to come.”

Cristina Martins

MPP, Davenport

“Today’s launch of UP Express is the culmination of years of hard work, and a strong vision to build a dedicated express air-rail link. UP Express is proof of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan in action and represents a major achievement for this region.”

Bruce McCuaig

President and CEO, Metrolinx

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