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Pearson Rail Link construction to start in 2012: New commuter trains may make it easier to get to Pearson

By shost at 11:28 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Pearson Rail Link construction is set to begin in 2012:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/pearson-union-station-rail-link-construction-to-kick-off-in-the-spring/article2276469/

Keep in mind this rail link is intended to be a Union Station to Pearson direct service, but there is a chance that GO may add a station by the Rail Link to allow a connection rather than having to all the way to Union Station and back. This would be a benefit to the North Mainline as our trains would connect directly to the Airport saving time, for those commuters who need to grab a plane at the Airport.

Commuters and fellow transit riders would be advised to make their voices heard as these plans are still 3-4 years from reality and may not include this connection initially.

- Steve

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Comment by John

December 20, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

A station on the way into Toronto at the airport would be great idea. We should be all over this.

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Comment by Brent

December 20, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

You will be able to switch trains at the Weston GO station and head back to the airport from there. This presentation is a pretty good summary of the project.

http://www.metrolinx.com/en/docs/pdf/board_agenda/6-AirRailLinkUpdateFINAL.pdf

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Comment by Tom West

December 21, 2011 @ 12:49 am

The train *will* stop between Union and the airport (at Bloor and Weston GO stations)

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Comment by Mark Dowling

December 21, 2011 @ 11:33 am

All the controversy regarding the UPRL is about diesel over electric which I think is bogus. The real issue is the use of ever tightening approach track paths at Union for trains which look like being 3 car single deck at launch (Metrolinx just signed for 6 centre car units from Sumitomo). A shuttle to the Georgetown line should have been the call – if a station was placed at Woodbine it could have received passengers from a Pearson light rail shuttle, delivered commuters to Humber College, had weekend business to Woodbine and acted as a Guildwood style VIA stop for the NW 416. Unfortunately the GTAA and Feds wanted a Heathrow Express model rather than an AirTrain, the reality is that much of the business traffic they want to get has already given up on Pearson and headed to the Island.

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Comment by Andrew

December 21, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

Given that there are so few trains on the line to Kitchener right now the GO train is basically useless for passengers going from Kitchener to the airport.

Even if there were more trains on the line to Kitchener and a transfer to the air rail link at Woodbine, if the air rail link costs an arm and a leg no one will do this. It is MUCH easier to take GO bus #25 from Kitchener to Square One, then take Mississauga bus #7 to the airport, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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Comment by shost

December 21, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

Andrew, for the cost concious I appreciate your argument, but so many KW and Guelph residents use an airport taxi or get a ride from friends/family as there is very little in the way of quick convenient service. That certainly won’t change much in light of the two trains/day that will stop near the airport, but it may be a large step forward. VIA certainly does little as it only stops at Brampton..

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Comment by John

December 22, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

A VIA stop, in addition to GO, to transfer to the AirLink would be an option to give more opportunities to get to the airport. Perhaps VIA could stop at the new Weston GO Station when the Airlink is up and running and the new Weston GO Station is complete.

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Comment by shost

December 23, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

John, now your asking VIA to add a stop, this my friend will be a very difficult proposition as this requires Federal money :)

Best start asking your MP’s now…

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Comment by Pearson Airport Taxi

December 24, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

this work will gonna help many of the people. Great work.

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Comment by Pearson Airport Taxi

December 27, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

this service should be open for citizen’s convinience

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