Shovels are already in the ground for the highly anticipated Union Pearson Express between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto. Here is specific information on projects and milestones – check back regularly for updates and more information.
Toronto Pearson Terminal 1 Station
The new Union Pearson Express passenger station at Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1 will provide a convenient transfer and embarkation point for travellers to and from Toronto Pearson. Conveniently located between Terminal 1 and the parking garage, and directly adjacent to the Automated People Mover service linking Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, the Terminal 1 passenger station will be a seamless integration point – and a warm first welcome to the city.
The Terminal 1 passenger station is the northernmost station on the Union Pearson Express, and it will be reached by trains through an elevated guideway that runs off the Kitchener corridor. The station will have two active tracks, allowing trains to berth at the station and facilitating cleaning and servicing. The platform will be enclosed, and will feature platform-vehicle doors, ticket-vending machines and fare card validators, as well as a lounge area. Guests will be able to access Toronto Pearson’s two main terminals either by walking to Terminal 1 (a distance of less than 150 metres) or by taking the Automated People Mover to Terminal 3 – a two-and-a-half-minute ride.
Construction of the three-kilometre connecting rail line between the GO Kitchener line and the Terminal 1 station have already begun. For the station itself, design is now completed, and construction is scheduled to begin in March 2013.
The flagship station for the Union Pearson Express will connect the new service to the busiest transportation hub in the country – Union Station – and will seamlessly integrate with GO and TTC services. Located directly west of York Street within the Skywalk in downtown Toronto, the new station will be connected to Union Station via the Skywalk’s interior walkway, enabling guests to travel between the two rail terminals and Toronto’s underground PATH system in a climate-controlled environment. Even the platform will be sheltered from the elements behind the first platform-edge screen doors to be built in Canada. The combination platform/waiting area will feature a customer service desk, ample seating, retail and food options, automated ticket vending machines, fare card validators and accessible washrooms. Design for the new station is nearly completed, and a contract will be tendered for construction of the facility in late spring 2013.
Bloor Station, one of two stops for the Union Pearson Express between Toronto Pearson and Union Station, is located just east of the Bloor Street West - Dundas Street West intersection. The stop will also include a platform for GO Transit service and will include significant upgrades to the existing Bloor GO station, including connectivity to Dundas West station on the Bloor-Danforth TTC subway line. The entrances will be sheltered, and feature enclosed areas for ticket sales both for the Union Pearson Express and GO guests. The designs for Bloor Station are built upon the Dundas West-Bloor Mobility Hub Study including a public open house and design charette held in March 2011. Design for Bloor Station is now completed, and construction will start in March 2013.
Weston Station is located near Lawrence Avenue West just east of Weston Road on the GO Kitchener line. Like Bloor Station, the Weston Station will be also shared with GO Transit and station amenities will be significantly upgraded to provide an enclosed area for ticket sales, washroom and space for future retail operations. Three platforms, each 73 metres long, will be open-air and covered with a canopy for their entire length, with a heated and enclosed shelter to protect guests from inclement weather.
The local community participated in a comprehensive Weston Station Master Plan process that included the Union Pearson Express station. Design for the platform areas of Weston Station is complete, and the construction contract has been awarded for that part of the station. The Weston station house and plaza area design is nearly complete with construction anticipated in summer 2013.
The Union Pearson Express 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 also available through three community offices – at Strachan, Weston and West Toronto Diamond – which offer interpretation services in more than 100 languages.
Work on the three-kilometre rail spur connecting Pearson Terminal 1 to the GO Kitchener line has already begun. On September 17, 2012, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty toured the Metrolinx construction site to see how the Union Pearson Express is moving from dream to reality.