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Plan to make Pearson a transit hub gets underway

According to reports, plans are being drawn up to extend the Eglinton Crosstown West LRT from Renforth to Toronto Pearson Airport.

While the Eglinton Crosstown West project is a light rail transit (LRT) project, it does appear there are plans to build it (or part of it) underground, hence many are referring to it as a subway.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) says the $40 million commitment represents another “tangible step forward” to bring important transit connections to Canada‚Äôs busiest airport and build a regional transit network. The plan is also part and parcel of a plan to turn Pearson into a major transit hub dubbed Union Station West.

The GTAA says the multi-million dollar commitment follows the Ontario-TTC agreement and the province’s announcement of four priority transit projects, including the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.

The GTAA says it has already invested $38 million in work on the hub, so the Eglinton Crosstown West subway extension will bring its total investment to about $78 million.

The GTAA says it will pursue the additional works for the Renforth – Pearson portion of the line in partnership with Metrolinx, which will build on the GTAA-Metrolinx joint work program announced in April 2018.

The overall Union Station West project has been picking up steam over the past two years, and the GTAA recently released a regional transit whitepaper.

Back in 2017, the GTAA announced that it was moving forward with plans for the regional transit centre to better connect the Pearson Airport area to “key employment and residential areas throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe.”

The GTAA says the proposed hub could allow MiWay to make convenient connections to regional transit networks, enabling more seamless travel across municipal boundaries. -CINEWS


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