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Toronto Airports Authority commits funds to Metrolinx extension
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) last week committed CA$40 million to Metrolinx to support the Eglinton Crosstown West light-rail extension from Renforth, Ontario, to the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
The funding would help advance the technical work necessary to complete the extension and improve transit access to the airport, which the authority operates, GTAA officials said in a press release.
The GTAA previously invested CA$38 million in work that is currently underway on the project. With last weeks announcement, the authority has committed CA$78 million to Metrolinx in a joint work program.
The GTAA and Metrolinx are also exploring potential ground connections to the planned Union Station West at Pearson airport and to the employment areas around the airport, a potential Kitchener GO rail corridor connection and improved light-rail and bus connections.
“Significant improvements to our regional transit system are required for our region to be able to compete globally, and that is why we are making this financial investment to advance this work," said Howard Eng, GTAA president and chief executive officer.
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