TORONTO — The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Metrolinx have announced a plan to work jointly to study potential regional and municipal rail and transit connections to what is now called Toronto Pearson’s Regional Transit and Passenger Centre.
The study will include connections for the Kitchener rail corridor, the Eglinton Crosstown West Light Rail Transit, expanded GO Regional Express Rail transit, the proposed provincial high speed rail project and others, said a recent media statement.
As part of the project, Metrolinx will be undertaking an environmental assessment of a plan to separate freight and passenger lines in the northwest Greater Toronto Area.
Metrolinx is planning to connect the enhanced Kitchener GO line to the planned multi-modal Regional Transit and Passenger Centre, the statement noted.
Other transit systems that will potentially connect to the new transit centre include the Finch LRT and Mississauga’s Bus Rapid Transit.
“Toronto Pearson is Canada’s gateway to the world and a key driver of jobs, trade and tourism,” said Howard Eng, president and CEO of the GTAA, in the statement. “The GTAA is committed to working with Metrolinx to improve transit. These studies will help to connect our region for the benefit of passengers, airport workers, local businesses and residents.”
The passenger centre project was announced by the GTAA in 2017. The GTAA said there are 49,000 workers based at Toronto Pearson and 300,000 people who work in the airport employment zone.