Toronto launched a new rail service from Union Station to the Lester B. Pearson International Airport on June 6, 2015. The Union Pearson Express provides premium-fare express service, stopping at only two other stations—Weston and Bloor.
The trains run every 15 minutes, seven days a week, almost 24 hours a day, from 5:30 am to 1:00 am. Passengers can enjoy WiFi and charging stations while on the way to the airport, and the cars also feature luggage racks and infotainment.
The trains themselves were built by Nippon Sharo in Japan, and assembled in Rochelle, Illinois. The cars use Tier 4 compliant diesel engines, making them the first North American passenger cars to meet Tier 4 standards, which reduce airborne emissions by 90-percent and nitrogen oxides by 80-percent in comparison to current train technology.
The rail service comes after years of discussion and increasingly congested highways from Toronto’s downtown to the airport. Government officials realized the need for a service, as travel times were steadily increasing on the highways and missed flights became more and more common. The new service is expected to carry 5,000 passengers annually in the beginning (though that number is expected to rise), and to eliminate 1.2 million annual airport car trips in its first year alone.
From Union Station to the airport, the fare is $19 with a PRESTO card, and $27.50 with a credit or debit card. Seniors, children, and airport employees will receive discounts.