Union Pearson Express (a division of Metrolinx) in Toronto, ON, Canada, won Project of the Year at the Global AirRail Awards in Frankfurt, Germany.
The UP Express, which will provide fast, reliable and convenient shuttle service between Union Station in downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport when it launches in spring 2015, was also a finalist in the category of Concept of the Year.
“It’s exciting to see this level of international enthusiasm for UP Express so early on,” said Kathy Haley, president of the Union Pearson Express, noting that the service will allow the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to join the ranks of other leading global financial centers that have rail links connecting downtown to the airport.
In naming UP Express 2013’s Project of the Year, the judging panel recognized the importance of its holistic approach to creating the long-anticipated air-rail link for the GTHA.
UP Express is a key component of The Big Move, Metrolinx’s strategy for a modern, efficient and integrated transportation system in the GTHA. Construction for the project, which includes a new rail link between the GO Kitchener corridor and a new station at Toronto Pearson Terminal 1, is already well underway.
UP Express will provide conveniences including comfortable modern interiors, power outlets for laptops, multi-channel ticketing options, WiFi and luggage facilities. At stations, guests will be able to roll luggage directly on and off the train. The one-way trip between Union Station and Toronto Pearson Terminal 1, with just two stops along the way, will take about 25 minutes.