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UP Express

UP Express launched on June 6, 2015, on time and on budget. Connecting two major transportation hubs, UP Express provides reliable, predictable service between Union Station and Toronto Pearson in just 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes from early in the morning until late at night. As a key part of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan for the GTHA, the line is a concrete demonstration of the progress we are making to relieve gridlock and get the region moving.

Key Facts

  • Number of stations: 4
  • Number of route kms: 23 km
  • Number of weekly trips: 1,120
  • Passenger trips: 3.5M annually - up from 1.1M in the first full year of operation (see the quarterly report on weekly ridership)
  • Service window: Seven days a week from 4:55 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Average trip time: 24.86 minutes
  • Average on-time performance: 98.3% as of March 8, 2018

Major Achievements


  • A new fare discount is introduced that amounts to $1.50 off an adult TTC fare when PRESTO is used for a combined trip on the TTC and UP Express.


  • Fares are aligned with GO Transit.


UP Express launches. The entire fleet makes use of Tier 4 diesel engine technology, which is the most emissions-friendly diesel technology available. UP Express is the first rail service to use it in North America.

To support the launch of UP Express, the following infrastructure is completed:

  • a rail bridge over Kipling Avenue
  • a rail bridge over Martin Grove Drive
  • a rail bridge over Highway 427
  • a rail bridge over Black Creek
  • a rail bridge over Eglinton Avenue West
  • a rail bridge over Ray Avenue
  • rail bridges over Dufferin Street and Queen Street West
  • a rail bridge over Brock Avenue
  • a rail bridge over Lansdowne Avenue
  • a rail bridge over Dupont Street
  • a rail bridge over Bloor Street West
  • a King Street overpass
  • a Church Street overpass
  • a John Street pedestrian bridge
  • rail bridge widening over the Humber River
  • rail bridge widening over Lawrence Avenue West


To support the launch of UP Express, the following work is completed:

  • a grade separation at the West Toronto Diamond
  • a new station at Pearson Airport
  • a three-kilometre spur connecting the airport to the Kitchener corridor