TORONTO — The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has announced plans for a regional transit centre at its Pearson airport site.
GTAA president and CEO Howard Eng said in a media statement the new transit centre would connect the airport area to key employment and residential areas throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe. In addition to serving as a regional transportation centre, it would also be home to airport passenger processing, including security screening.
Preliminary concept plans for the transit centre were unveiled at a Brampton Board of Trade’s State of the City event hosted by Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Brampton Board of Trade chair Evan Moore on Feb. 7.
The GTAA is the operator of Pearson airport.
The area around Pearson is the second largest employment zone in Canada after downtown Toronto according to the NEPTIS Research Foundation. More than 300,000 people work in the zone that includes parts of Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. Among the sectors located in the Airport Employment Zone are construction, logistics, financial and business services.
NEPTIS reports that there are more financial services related jobs located around the airport than all the jobs located in North York. Due to the lack of transit, NEPTIS found that the area generates more than one-million car trips daily, more trips than travelling to and from downtown Toronto.
The centre will potentially connect a number of transit lines that are already in development or have been proposed by various levels of government, including the Eglinton Crosstown West LRT, Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit, Finch West LRT, Regional Express Rail on the Kitchener line and the Province of Ontario’s high-speed rail concept. The centre is proposed to be located across Airport Road from Pearson Terminals 1 and 3, with access from Highways 409 and 427 and from Airport Road.