Metrolinx to build, own and operate Air Rail Link

Written by  Dan Comand Friday, 30 July 2010 08:24
Metrolinx has been asked by the Ontario government to build, own and operate the Air Rail Link (ARL) from Union Station to Pearson Airport.
Metrolinx will assume responsibility for the project including design, construction and operations and will incorporate the work that has already been done to date. Metrolinx's operating division, GO Transit, has a 40-year track record of running a successful passenger rail service.

The ARL will provide a premium express rail shuttle service between Union Station and Pearson Airport. Games.

While the province and the Union Pearson Air-Link Group (UPAG), a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, were able to make significant progress negotiating, financial market conditions prevented acceptable terms. The government will continue to work with UPAG to build on the design and development work that has been completed to date.

Construction is already underway on the GO Georgetown South Corridor to support the Air Rail Link connection. This project is expected to create approximately 10,000 jobs in the design and construction stages over the next five years.

"Metrolinx is well positioned to deliver the Air Rail Link service. Our government is committed to opening the Air Rail Link from Union to Pearson in time for the 2015 Pan American Games. The Air Rail Link will offer a quick and convenient transit option to reduce congestion, and as part of our Open Ontario plan it will create jobs and boost Ontario's economy." said the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Minister of Transportation.

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