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Union Pearson train should be useful for commuters: Wynne

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Toronto has a transit crisis.  Riders are sardined into overcrowded buses, street cars, and subways, and traffic congestion is a major problem. We all agree we need more public transit.

So why did the Wynne Government and transit agency, Metrolinx, turn our new Union Station to Pearson Airport train into a service for wealthy jet setters? The 23 km long line has just two stops between the terminals, and it costs up to $27.50 to take the train one way.   As we feared, virtually no one is riding the train. 

It costs $3.00 to ride the 26KM long Bloor-Danforth line, so why should we pay up to $27.50 for this 23KM trip to the airport?   That’s not fair.

The Union-Pearson train line must be an affordable, electrified, public train line for all.

 

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Troubled UPX train gets $52 subsidy a ride, TTC just 89 cents

Troubled UPX train gets $52 subsidy a ride, TTC just 89 cents

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Wynne says Union Pearson train should be useful to downtown commuters

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Metrolinx “very pleased” with 23% drop in ridership on Union Pearson train. We’re not.

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Metro news – Google maps recommends $27 Union Pearson express; we say that’s silly

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Check out our new infographic comparing the UPX with the TTC

Check out our new infographic comparing the UPX with the TTC

      Please share this amazing infographic developed by ourselves and Humberto DaSilva and Jennifer Foreshew from CUPE 5277.

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We’re irked by the UP Express’s low ridership levels, are you? Toronto Star covers our survey count.

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Want to join our coalition?

Want to join our coalition?

Individuals and organizations are welcome to join Our Union Pearson coalition. Please fill in this form and we will get back to you promptly. Got questions: contact info@ttcriders.ca

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Download and print our fliers and petition

Download and print our fliers and petition

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Get active for lower fares, more stops, and electrification

Get active for lower fares, more stops, and electrification

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Read our letter to the Province and Metrolinx

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