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Toronto – The new commuter Metrolinx (ARL) train from Union Station downtown to Pearson International Airport will be up and running by 2015, according to Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The new rail line will be 23.3 km long and run every 15 min.
It’s great that the premier made this announcement yesterday, but haven’t we heard this before? It was proposed about 10 years ago when they erected the temporary station at Pearson International Airport. The station currently has been operating an unmanned electric train from terminal three to terminal one.
Toronto is probably the only major city in the world without a major train link from the local airport to downtown, and yet the new set-up will become a lot of hassles, when it does come online. You will board a regular train at Union Station right downtown and take a 20-30 ride to Pearson Airport and arrive at the new station (near Terminal 1) and then you will be required to off-load and get onto the electrical train at the airport with all your luggage to get to the terminals.
It will cost you approximately $25 (official prices to be determined in 2014) and with all the switching trains, it would not really increase your time-line to get to your flight.
It appears that the ARL (Air Rail Link) train system is being built for the Pan Am Games in 2015, but why did it take so long?
The trains will be operated with diesel, and electric trains were proposed, but the government thought it would add extra time and cost to the project, however they have indicated it will be updated to electrical, sometime in the future.
Drew Davidson from Metrolinx Media Relations said, “It will be less than $1 mil per car to convert to electric, also I should note the DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) vehicles will be below stringent World Health Organization guidelines.”
She went onto say, “When the Metrolinx train leaves from Union Station it will go up the current Georgetown corridor, once it gets near the airport it will go onto a 3 km ‘Spur Line’ which moves just off of the Georgetown corridor and right into (the new) Terminal 1 station.”
Did they ever think to run the train directly to both terminals from Union Station?
It will be interesting to see how long it will take from Union Station downtown to the airport after you carry your luggage onto another train and actually arrive at the terminal. One good thing is, once you get to the terminal at the airport, there is no additional charge to ride the electric train to Terminal 3.
The whole project by Metrolinx is expected to cost around $300 million, however the extra costs to convert to electric, was not disclosed at the Pearson meeting on Monday.
It may not be an ideal setup, but at least it is finally being done after many years of planning.
Toronto, CANADA – Today was Canada Day all across the country and a day we should all be very proud of at 144 years young. In the past, I have walked by a Federal Court on Canada Day when people from all corners of the world have walked out of a citizenship ceremony and were granted Canadian Citizenship. It’s kinda sounds corny, but I was moved with emotion, as they were as well. They held their papers high, so all could see, and it touched me a great deal.
We are the luckiest people in the world, and many days we don’t recognize it, we are so busy rushing here and there, and taking all we have for granted.
We have free health care (paid through our taxes) we have almost every nation in the world represented in Canada, and many cultures from all over the world. We have surpassed the recession, we have been hit by floods in some parts of Canada, but we have recovered. We are respected around the world as peacekeepers, and a member of the United Nations. Our dollar is currently worth more than the US, (only a few cents more) but it is never reported on US main stream media. We have welcoming open arms to all, from around the world, and if you visit Toronto, you can get any type of meal you have had in your homeland no matter where it is, and most likely it will be cooked by someone who is from that country.
There is no doubt, we have problems, but in the big picture we are very lucky and it touches me every Canada Day when I see the outpouring of pride and love from every Canadian, whether naturally born here, or came to Canada after leaving their homeland. Let’s be thankful, and never forget what we have. Daniel … Toronto, CANADA My take on everything @dandmb50
UPDATE: CN Tower Edge walk officially opens Monday
Toronto, CANADA – The new “EDGE WALK” 356 metres (116 stories) above the ground, where you can walk around the CN Tower above the restaurant and get your thrills, or frights, for this hands-free walk for a measly $175. Demand is brisk and there is a waiting list for this harnessed walk around the top of the restaurant, with nothing holding you back, but the cabled harnesses.
Another attraction to bring in the customers, was a clear glass floor on the observation gallery which allows you to look right through to the ground, which sees schoolkids jumping on the glass to try and break it, but it’s about a foot thick.
The CN Tower is a must see while in Toronto, and on a clear day you can see Niagara Falls and New York State, USA.
Without the “Edge Walk” you only pay for the elevator ride, $34.99 to the observation gallery which gives a panoramic view of downtown Toronto, and you can see Niagara Falls and New York State on a clear day.
It is one of tallest and most identifiable free standing structures in the western world, and most photographed, when visitors come to Toronto. It boasts a full service revolving restaurant on the pod level, (elevator included in reservations) or just pay the fee of $34.99 or check out the other full packages RATES HERE.The CN Tower was originally built in 1974 for communications, but now with the advent of satellite communications it’s used mainly for bouncing signals to the heavens.
A must see, if you are visiting this great city, and you never get lost walking around downtown Toronto, just look up, and get your bearings from the CN Tower. “It’s not CNN” is a takeoff on visitors asking me many years ago, “Where’s the CNN Tower?” They must be from the USA.
March 18/2011 – TORONTO – It has been rumored (by an anonymous) Toronto Transit Commission (TTC Inspector) that the new sleek TTC subway cars will not “work on the curves in the tunnels” and there will be a further delay in them coming into service. The turn at Union Station is one of the tightest turns in the whole system and that is where they would start and end, in the beginning.
UPDATE – July 20/2011 –The NEW subway cars finally start running on the University/Yonge line starting tomorrow at 10AM at Downsview station, where you can walk the whole length of the train. Can’t wait. Do they have a GONG?
A source at the TTC Media Relations said “The rumor is not true, the trains are fine, they fit, but of course we test them, until the day we put them into service and beyond, which I believe is going to be this June.”
The new trains were to come into service in late 2010 but have been delayed and now they will be in service in June.
They are very cool, as you can walk the full length of the train without opening any doors.
When they eventually come into service (in late June) they will only be available on the Yonge Street line but will be expanded system wide, after further testing.
Toronto, CANADA – It took me years to find out this little secret and for a page that doesn’t have a “Increase text size button” how do I change it so I can read it?
Well here’s the answer, and I shall make it larger/LARGER so you can READ it.
It’s really very simple, just hold down the control key and move the scroll button (on your mouse) up/down and the page will increase/decrease in size.
Why did it take so long for me to find out this simple solution?
I’m not sure why but it has seemed to be a guarded secret. Well know everyone knows, give it a try. I’m really such a nice guy and check back I will have many more secrets that everyone wants to know.
But then again it might just be me, maybe everyone already knows, and I’m just a dork for NOT knowing.