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.