Electric Airport Shuttle Trains Could Run Like A Surface Subway

Airport Shuttle Train Through West TorontoElectrifying the city’s new airport train service in time for its 2015 opening would be the necessary first step in creating an above-ground subway connecting the downtown with the region, says the Clean Train Coalition.

In a report being released Monday, the CTC recommends the province abandon its elite, business-class concept for the Pearson-to-Union Station shuttle and turn it into public transit.

With a provincial election looming in the fall, the report is intended to hold the province’s feet to the fire on the issue of electrifying the GO system, said Gormick, who has worked for Metrolinx and for Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, a Conservative who is promoting a commuter rail service to his community.

Provincial agency Metrolinx supports electrification. Its $4 million, year-long study recommends the move as a means of providing more frequent, all-day, two-way GO service. Ontario’s Liberal government has also agreed to a $15 million environmental study of electrification on the air-rail link. Click here to view the full article.

The Ontario Metrolinx agency is aiming for the airport shuttle train service from Union Station to Pearson to be operational for the 2015 Pan Am games. That timetable is likely not achievable with electric trains and so Metrolinx has purchased diesel trains that can eventually be converted to electric. Let’s hope that conversion takes place as soon as possible!

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