The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Metrolinx will be working together to study potential connections for the Kitchener rail corridor to Toronto Pearson’s Regional Transit and Passenger Center, in addition to other potential transit connections such as the Eglinton Crosstown West Light Rail Transit (LRT).
The advancement of work to better integrate transit projects into Canada’s busiest airport will help connect the country’s second largest employment zone and reduce highway congestion.
This partnership follows Premier Kathleen Wynne's recent announcement that the Province is advancing high-speed rail and Metrolinx is moving ahead with an Environmental Assessment for next steps for a separation of freight and passenger lines in the Northwest Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which will allow for both frequent GO Train service as well as high-speed rail between Waterloo Region and the GTA. As part of the Environmental Assessment phase, Ontario is working with the GTAA to explore options to connect two-way, all-day service on the Kitchener GO line to the planned regional transit and Passenger Center, a multimodal transportation hub and passenger facility to be located at Toronto Pearson.
“We are excited to be moving ahead with our partners to explore all options available. By strengthening connections among communities along the innovation corridor between Kitchener-Waterloo, Pearson Airport, and Toronto, we will work to deliver faster, more frequent service for our customers” said Phil Verster, president/CEO of Metrolinx.
In 2017, the GTAA announced plans for a future transit and passenger center at Toronto Pearson. There is an identified need to better connect the region and to serve the 49,000 workers who are based at Toronto Pearson and the 300,000 people who work in the airport employment zone, the second highest concentration of jobs in Canada.