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Union-Pearson Express

Toronto, Ontario

Aecon completed construction of the three-kilometre elevated spur line that connects the line to the airport, and the Union-Pearson Express Station at Terminal 1.

A 25-kilometre express rail service connecting Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs, Union Station and Pearson International Airport.

Aecon played a major role in bringing this much-needed express service to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). First came the construction of the three-kilometre elevated spur line that connects the line to the airport. Next, Aecon completed the Union Pearson Express Station at Terminal 1, where logistical ingenuity and precision planning have created a sleek, modern building to welcome visitors and urban commuters alike.

CLIENT
Metrolinx

START DATE
2012

COMPLETION
2014

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24
METRES ABOVE GROUND LEVEL

25
KM OF EXPRESS RAIL SERVICE

25
MINUTES OF TRAVEL TIME FROM UNION STATION TO PEARSON AIRPORT

1.2
MILLION FEWER CAR TRIPS REQUIRED IN THE GTA

In December 2011, Metrolinx awarded AirLINX Transit Partners, a joint venture between Aecon and Dufferin Construction, a multi-million-dollar contract to design, build and finance the spur line and build the station at Terminal 1. Aecon set to work on the three-kilometre elevated spur line in January 2012. In all, five internal groups came together on the spur line for a comprehensive “ONE Aecon” approach-to-project while the station work was subcontracted to Aecon’s Buildings group. Aecon began construction of the new UP Express Station at Terminal 1 in March 2013. 

As its name states, the APM – automated people mover – is an unmanned, cable-driven train used to move people along an elevated guideway, making brief stops at the airport’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 hubs, as well as a reduced-rate parking facility.

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