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Toronto Pearson Media Update – High Speed Rail Announcement


Media Update: Special Edition

Toronto Pearson welcomes Ontario’s announcement to study feasibility of high speed rail on Windsor-Toronto corridor

TORONTO – The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) welcomes today’s announcement by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca that the Province is moving forward with feasibility studies for a high-speed rail link connecting Windsor to Toronto.    The announcement follows the release of the Ontario High Speed Rail Study by special advisor David Collenette, published earlier today.
The GTAA is encouraged by the announcement and looks forward to working with the Province to review how this proposed high-speed rail service can be integrated in to the Airport’s planned regional transportation centre.   Today’s announcement follows yesterday’s release of an updated Growth Plan, which allows the Government to identify areas like the large employment zone around the airport for coordinated planning.
“The GTAA is very pleased to see the government moving ahead with this important initiative given the benefits that a link to Toronto Pearson would bring,” said Howard Eng, Greater Toronto Airports Authority President and CEO. “A high-speed rail service along this corridor would provide vital regional connections and help to relieve the congestion that today is stifling our economy and impacting the quality of life for all Ontarians.     It could also be a key building block in support of Toronto Pearson’s mega hub vision and would move us one step closer to making an integrated regional transit centre at Toronto Pearson a reality.”
In early 2016, the GTAA announced plans to develop a regional transit centre to connect the airport area to key employment and residential areas throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe.    In addition to serving as a connector for airport passengers to surrounding regions, the transit centre at Toronto Pearson would provide crucial connectivity to the 300,000 workers in the Airport Employment Zone, the second-largest employment area in the country.    An integrated transit centre at Toronto Pearson also benefits the region by reducing congestion on area roads, enabling more efficient movement of goods on some of Canada’s most congested highways and lowering regional greenhouse gas emissions.

Runway construction complete; Toronto Pearson returns to regular operation


TORONTO – On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 construction on Runway 05/23 at Toronto Pearson International Airport was completed and the first aircraft to use the rehabilitated surface landed.    The runway work, which began on March 28, was a critical infrastructure project, required for the safe operation of the airport today and in the future.
“Our busiest runway is once again operational, and I would like to thank the community, our passengers and our valued airline partners for their patience and cooperation during this work,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).    “Toronto Pearson is proud to be a part of the communities it serves.    We are committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of our operation, including the way we engage with our business partners and residents on projects of this nature.”
The completed work on Runway 05/23 included removing the existing paved surface, subsurface repair and re-paving, as well as reconditioning of 1000 inset runway lights and the replacement of 420 km of single-line paint markings.   The around-the-clock work on this project means the runway is being delivered back to service on time, and in advance of peak summer travel.    To further reduce construction impacts, planned construction on Runway 05/23 in the fall at Toronto Pearson has been completed and the fall closure period is no longer required.