Toronto Pearson Unveils Plans for a Transit Centre
The Greater Toronto Airport Authority is moving ahead with plans for a regional transit centre to connect the airport area to key employment and residential areas throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario.
The area around Toronto Pearson is the second largest employment zone in Canada after downtown Toronto according to NEPTIS Research Foundation. More than 300,000 people work in the zone that includes parts of Brampton, Mississauga, and Toronto. Due to the lack of transit in the area, NEPTIS found that the area generates more than 1 million car trips daily.
"By the time New York and Chicago were the size that Toronto is today, they each had at least two major transportation hubs," said Howard Eng, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "Now is the time to ensure that better transit options are in place; otherwise we risk squandering the significant opportunities that are part and parcel of the exciting growth that the airport, the city and the region are experiencing."
The GTAA's proposed transit centre located on airport lands will help to address the low transit mode split in the area, with only 10 per cent of people taking transit. The centre will potentially connect a number of transit lines that are already in development or have been proposed by various levels of government.
The centre will be at the heart of a new mixed use commercial area that will include office, retail, hotel and other commercial space. The vision for the area around the transit centre calls for improved streetscapes through sidewalks, landscaping, and improved lighting.
The GTAA has held preliminary discussions with all levels of government to raise awareness about the opportunity for the regional transit centre at Toronto Pearson. It anticipates continued planning discussions this year both for the centre, as well as for the individual transit lines that will connect into the centre.
"Better connections regionally and around the world boosts the competitiveness of Brampton businesses," said Todd Letts, chief executive officer of the Brampton Board of Trade. "Toronto Pearson's vision for a multi-modal transit centre will be an important driver for the development of our local economy."
Toronto Pearson News Release