Union-Pearson Express Spur Line

Rank 2024


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Industry Sector: Transit

Project Type: LRT

Project Value: $456 million

Funding Source: P3

Provincial Funding: Ministry of Transportation capital allotment to Metrolinx: $456 million

Province: Ontario

City / Region: Toronto

A key component of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan, this dedicated airport express rail service will launch in spring 2015. It will connect Toronto’s Union Station to Toronto Pearson International Airport, the two busiest transportation hubs in Canada. Trains will depart every 15 minutes, stopping at both the Bloor and Weston GO stations and arriving at the airport within 25 minutes.

A new 3-km spur line is being built to connect the existing GO Kitchener rail corridor and Pearson’s Terminal 1. The spur rises above major highways and roadways, with a highest elevation of about 28 metres. Upgrades to the 22 km of track shared with GO Transit Kitchener line trains were completed in 2014 as part of Metrolinx’s Georgetown South project (previously a Top 100 project). New stations are now under construction at Union Station and Terminal 1, with
significant upgrades to the existing Bloor and Weston GO Stations to enhance accessibility and capacity. All elements of construction are currently underway.

Project Owner: Metrolinx

Engineer: Hatch Mott MacDonald

P3 Team Members/Project Team: AirLINX Transit Partners—Aecon and Dufferin Construction

Other Key Players: Arup (design advisor for screen doors/transportation consultant for business case)

Vehicle Supplier Names: Sumitomo

Legal: McCarthy Tétrault LLP (National Bank and lenders); Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario); McMillan LLP (AirLINX Transit Partners)

2015 Rank: 93

2014 Rank: 93