Friday, November 21, 2014

Transit advocates pushing for affordable fares on Union-Pearson air rail link

Our Union Pearson Coalition is planning a series of rallies and canvassing events right up until Dec. 11, when Metrolinx is expected to officially announce the fare levels for the four-stop rail service offering rapid trips between Terminal One of Pearson International Airport and Union Station, beginning in the spring of 2015.

It’s been speculated fares will cost between $20 and $30 for a regular one-way trip traveling the full length of the line. In recent months Metrolinx officials have publicly stated there’s room for “alternative” pricing.

That’s not good enough for coalition spokesperson Jessica Bell, who said Thursday, Nov. 6 all UP fares should be fixed at the level of TTC cash fares: around $3 per trip.

“It’s outrageous,” said Bell, who is also chair of the transit advocacy group TTCriders. “What we don’t understand is why would you take this massive 23-kilometre line and turn it into a service for just the One Percent.”

“Why should we be paying 20 or 30 dollars when it should be a true transit line?”



Squiggles said...

I don't think it should be $3. You are paying for convenience and for the trip to not take 3 hours. I do think it should be under $20. Because if you add on the normal train fare to get to Union to take this train, then it becomes expensive.

You used to be able to catch the Airport Express bus from the Royal York which dropped you off at your terminal (and door) for $25.

Unknown said...

I agree with Squiggles. UPX wasn't designed to be a "true transit line", it was designed to be a premium airport express service. The Eglinton Crosstown was initially supposed to go to Pearson, but that got shelved for Phase II. I imagine that if the Pearson link was being built, we wouldn't have this brouhaha over the UPX fares.

C.J. Smith said...

Should be $13 one way. Done.

George said...

What a tool. It's not like Metrolinx hasn't been upfront about what this line is for.

So the dimbulb wants it to be a commuter train now that she can afford rather than an express service it was designed for?

Some people actually are proud of their stupidity. This is an example. Why is it such an issue now when they've been debating this for over a year now?


mark p said...

where was this womans outrage over pacfic westerns airport express fares? service, the fare is about the same, the only difference, this is rail based.......

TomW said...

Here's the thing: If you think UP Express is too expensive, then it will change *nothing* for you. You can to continue to travel to the airport in exactly the same way.

Even it was a non-premium fare, it wouldn't be a sensible option for most passengers and employees.

Anonymous said...

Should be like the train from Newark Airport in NJ to Penn Station in NY. Return fare is $25 which I think is fair price.