Tired of sitting in traffic?
Whether you’re stuck on the highway commuting to work or stuck in a local traffic jam just trying to get to the grocery store, road congestion is making life difficult for all of us. It’s one of our region’s biggest challenges, and one that’s getting worse every day. We want to do something about it.
10 reasons why we need #UnionStationWest
1. The 6 has the sixth worst commute
The Toronto area’s crippling congestion has contributed to it being ranked as having the sixth worst commute of all major cities in the world - and the worst in all of North America!
2. We’re overdue for a second major transit hub
Today, Union Station is the GTA’s only major ground mobility hub. About 90% of American metropolitan areas with 5-7 million people have at least two major hubs.
3. Union Station can’t handle it all
Union Station already is congested and GO service enhancements will bring in even more passengers. A second major transit hub at Toronto Pearson will relieve congestion on transit downtown and give you transit access to new employment areas in the GTHA without connecting through Union Station.
4. It's in the right spot
Building something great is all about location, location, location—and we’ve got it.
Toronto Pearson touches three of the largest municipalities in Canada, it’s smack dab in the middle of the GTA and it has a GO Train corridor right next to it, with multiple planned or existing transit lines nearby.
5. There is a shocking number of people driving to the airport area every day.
The Airport Employment Zone is Canada’s second largest employment area. There are about 1,000,000 trips to the area each day. That’s equal to nearly everyone in Cambridge, Hamilton, Kitchener and Waterloo.
6. …and the number of people travelling past the airport is equally incredible!
Research shows that there are almost 450,000 people travelling from the West GTA each day to the East. Many travel downtown, but more than double the number of commuters travel across the “northern and midtown arcs” of the region. There’s also another huge difference. Almost half (42%) of trips downtown are on transit. Along the northern and midtown arcs (think 407 and 401 corridors), it’s less than 10% each.
7. No car and no transit route means some jobs are out of reach
Why look for work outside of downtown when you have no way to get there?
Improving transit connectivity between major suburbs outside of downtown will help you get to your potential dream job and make it easier for employers to attract the best new talent.
8. Union Station West will help lift up our communities
Despite being an employment hotspot, some communities near the Airport Employment Zone have unemployment rates well above the provincial average. A major transit hub would connect those residents to new jobs and services, giving them the upward income mobility to grow and prosper.
A personal car cost about $200,000 over 25 years. A monthly transit pass for the same period is approximately 80% less.
9. We would reduce air pollution in our communities
Union Station West would reduce the amount of Green House Gases (GHG) by ~83,000 metric tons a year. At 4.6 metric tons of GHG per car annually, that’s like taking 18,000 cars off the road!
10. Connecting airports to transit just makes sense
Although we love to see you, we know the airport is never your final destination. As a tourist, an investor, a worker or a student coming to Canada, Union Station West would make the final leg of your trip smooth and simple—not cramped on a congested highway.
Also, connecting our region’s airports by transit will help them to accommodate the incredible growth in air travel demand we are expecting over the next few decades.
There’s no other location in the West GTHA that offers the same potential to connect the broader region and have the greatest impact on reducing road congestion.
We envision "Union Station West" at Toronto Pearson serving as a major hub for numerous rail and bus services, allowing passengers, students, tourists, investors and workers to travel seamlessly across our region.
While some transit connections could take years to plan and build, many existing bus services could be connected into the facility in the near future, facilitating travel to other suburban employment areas in regions like Hamilton and Halton to the west and York and Durham to the east.
Why Toronto Pearson as a transit hub?
Estimated growth in aviation demand over the next couple decades means that Toronto Pearson needs more space for passenger processing. It plans to build a new passenger processing facility that could also serve as a major transit hub—"Union Station West"—which would help improve access to the airport and will also allow for more passenger processing than it can handle today. The first phase of this facility is expected to be in operation by the late 2020s.