Greater Toronto Airports Authority welcomes SmartTrack announcement

Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Toronto Pearson AirportToday, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced that plans will be proceeding for SmartTrack, a proposed major transit initiative for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) welcomes this announcement and applauds Mayor Tory for his leadership in advocating for better transit within the City of Toronto and connecting across the GTA.


The revised SmartTrack proposal includes an extension of the Crosstown West (Eglinton Crosstown LRT) to the Toronto Pearson employment area, the second largest employment zone in Canada after downtown Toronto and a transit destination for more than 300,000 employees. This proposed plan supports the GTAA and airport employment area community’s calls for the “last kilometre” of connectivity to the airport and the airport employment zone.


“This is great news for the hundreds of thousands of airport area workers commuting from across the GTA and beyond. Today’s SmartTrack announcement sets the stage to create an integrated regional ground mobility hub in the airport area for the Western GTA,” said Howard Eng, President & CEO, GTAA. “It could serve as a building block to developing a multi-modal transportation hub at the airport where multiple transit lines and roads would connect, facilitating regional connectivity between‎ Mississauga, Toronto and other employment hubs such as Kitchener-Waterloo, undoubtedly bringing significant economic, social and environmental benefits.”


Today’s announcement follows a meeting last week between Mayor Tory and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau where they announced greater collaboration between the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto in improving public transit in the GTA and the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region. It also follows other major regional transit project announcements last year, such as provincial funding for the Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (LRT), a key Metrolinx initiative championed by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey.


“We are pleased to see all levels of government working together on much-needed transit solutions that will unlock the potential of our region,” said Eng. “There is an undeniable momentum in transit planning and we commend all levels of government for their commitment to getting the GTA and surrounding employment areas connected and moving.”


In recent years, Toronto Pearson has experienced unprecedented demand in air travel – a reflection of the economic growth in Southern Ontario. This has created a need for improved ground transportation and more transit options for employees and goods to the airport and to the airport area.


Read about projected growth for Southern Ontario in the coming decades and its implications on demand for air and ground travel in a whitepaper by urban planning and urban design firm, Urban Strategies Inc.


Source:- Toronto Pearson Airport


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