April 22, 2015 – Office of the Premier – New Service Will Strengthen the Economy, Ease Congestion, Foster Tourism and Create Jobs: Union Pearson Express (UP Express) will go into service June 6, giving people a fast, reliable option for travelling between Toronto Pearson International Airport and the city’s downtown core.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today while taking part in the inaugural ride on the dedicated express train. The service will launch in time to serve visitors to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
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.
Through Moving Ontario Forward, the government is investing an additional $31.5 billion over 10 years to build transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure inside and outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, supporting over 20,000 jobs per year on average in construction and related industries.
On April 16 the government announced it is able to enhance funding for Moving Ontario Forward because it is acting on recommendations from Ed Clark’s review of government assets. This will unlock $4 billion, every dollar of which would be set aside for transit and transportation infrastructure.
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.
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.
- UP Express 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.