Union Pearson Express (DMU service to the airport)
Extensive Streetcar System
Extensive Subway/Heavy Rail System
Toronto Union Station
VIA (Canada's equivalent to Amtrak)
GO (Regional Commuter System)
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 647
ZIP: M5V 3M9 (at the CN Tower)
Access by train/transit:
Union Pearson Express Via
The Union Pearson Express began operation on 6JUN2015, construction
started in 2012. The standard gauge line is 14-1/2 miles long
(23.3km), however, only 2 miles (3.3km) of it is new from the existing GO
Weston sub and must have cost a fortune to build, because it is all
The train travels between Union Station and Pearson Airport - the trip
takes about 25 minutes. UPX operates daily between 04:55 and 01:00,
every 15 minutes, making approximately 140 trips per day, seven days a
week. UP Express is operated as an
independent division of Metrolinx, similarly to GO Transit.
UP Express uses diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains that meet United States
Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 emission standards. The UP Express (and
Kitchener) lines will be electrified, although no date has been set. The UP Express
has been criticized for not using electric trains from the outset, but they
can be converted at some future point to electric operation.
The Union Pearson Express uses Nippon Sharyo DMU trains. The fleet consists of 18 diesel multiple
unit (DMU) cars, as four three-car and three two-car sets. On 1MAR2011, Metrolinx
announced that it had chosen to buy 12 DMU cars (six two-car trains) from Nippon Sharyo at
a cost of C$53 million, for the service. This was later expanded to 18 DMU cars (adding
one car to each train) via an option order. This brought the cost to $75 million. The DMUs
were manufactured in Japan, assembled in Nippon Sharyo's facility in Rochelle IL, and towed
by rail to Toronto, with the first trainset arriving on 15 August 2014. The trains are powered
by a diesel/hydraulic drive with a six-speed automatic transmission and features regenerative braking,
The trainsets seat between 115 and 173 people. On-board features include power outlets,
Wi-Fi, luggage facilities, and washrooms.
Now for airport background and history....
Pearson is Toronto's main airport, it is correctly called the Toronto Pearson International
Airport. The other airport of Toronto is the Billy Bishop Airport.
The Greater Toronto Area contains ten airports, eight heliports, and
one water aerodrome. These aviation facilities are situated within and around
Toronto and its neighboring cities, serving airline passengers, regional air
travel and commercial cargo transportation.
Trivia/history: YZ was the code for the station in Malton, Ontario, where Pearson Airport
is located and hence the IATA code for Pearson Airport is YYZ. The telegraph
station in Toronto itself was coded TZ, which is why Toronto's smaller City
Centre Airport is coded YTZ. Rather than each Canadian airport completely
renaming their codes to match the name of the airport or city they served, they
simply added a 'Y' to the front of each 2 letter code, with the Y indicating
that each airport was Canadian.
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