Recommendation released to study the light rail option to Toronto Pearson Airport

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CANADA: The City of Toronto has released recommendations for priority transit projects, including the planning and technical analysis of the Eglinton West LRT extension to the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

In July 2016, City Council approved an Englinton West LRT concept with 8 to 12 stops as part of the SmartTrack project concept.

The City Council has now requested that the City Planning division and TTC work in partnership with Metrolinx, the City of Mississauga, and the The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to develop options for the extension of the Eglinton West LRT between Renforth Gateway and Pearson International Airport.

In an official statement, GTAA has welcomed the recommendations and said it looks forward working with the Mayor, Council and City staff to move forward on the development of an integrated airport connection.

According to GTAA, the line will provide a key connection for passengers, as well as the 49,000 workers at Toronto Pearson and the 300,000 employees who work in the broader Airport Employment Zone (AEZ).

“As the Greater Toronto Area continues to grow, integrated regional transportation planning and transit infrastructure investments are a vital component of its prosperity. Toronto Pearson is home to the second largest employment zone in the country, and is Canada’s key transportation link to the world,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO, GTAA. “Mayor Tory and Premier Wynne are demonstrating the long-term vision necessary to support the growth of our region and the airport employment zone. Today’s announcement signals a positive next step in allowing our airport to grow and become one of the best in the world. We look forward to working with all governments to make our vision of jobs and growth a reality.”

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