Tunnel will boost Toronto ’s economy and enhance access to airport
TORONTO – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in a ceremony launching the construction of a pedestrian tunnel between the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and downtown Toronto . Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and Toronto Port Authority Chairman Mark McQueen also participated in the ceremony.
“Our Government is committed to building strong, prosperous communities that are engines of economic growth,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The construction of the pedestrian tunnel will create jobs in the Greater Toronto Area and help manage passenger flows to and from the airport.”
The Government of Canada recently approved regulatory amendments that were necessary for the pedestrian tunnel project to move ahead. Consultations and a public opinion survey found that stakeholders and Torontonians strongly support the construction of the tunnel.
The underground and underwater pedestrian tunnel will provide reliable, round-the-clock, all-weather access between the airport and downtown Toronto (foot of Bathurst Street at Eireann Quay) for the more than one and a half million passengers who use the facility every year.
The tunnel, which will complement the current ferry service to and from Toronto Island , is expected to take just over two years to complete. It is being built by a private sector consortium, Forum Infrastructure Partners, and will be largely funded through the Airport Improvement Fee.
The tunnel is one of many initiatives the Government of Canada is involved in to help people move more efficiently around Toronto . Other initiatives include providing support to expand Toronto ’s GO Transit and to enhance the Toronto Transit Commission, and providing tax breaks to commuters.
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PEDESTRIAN TUNNEL TO BILLY BISHOP TORONTO CITY AIRPORT
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting efficient transportation to, from and in Canadian cities. To this end, on March 9, 2012, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) announced the start of construction on the TPA’s pedestrian tunnel from the mainland of downtown Toronto to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA).
The Government of Canada recently approved regulatory amendments that were necessary for the pedestrian tunnel project to move ahead. More specifically, t he Government of Canada amended the Toronto Port Authority Letters Patent to allow the TPA to proceed with the pedestrian tunnel across the Western Gap of the Toronto Harbour , as well as the Toronto Port Authority Regulations to specifically permit the construction of a pedestrian tunnel.
Once completed, the project will link the BBTCA to the mainland at the foot of Bathurst Street , an area known as Eireann Quay, via an underground and underwater pedestrian tunnel. The pedestrian tunnel will provide passengers and businesses located on or associated with the BBTCA facilities with an additional convenient access point in all weather conditions, resulting in reduced waiting times for the ferry, reduced passenger crowding, and less traffic congestion. The pedestrian tunnel will not change any limitations or restrictions in place related to air operations. Prohibitions on jet aircraft will remain in place.
According to the TPA, the construction of the pedestrian tunnel will take about 25 months, starting in 2012, and is expected to be operational in 2014.
The TPA is entering into an agreement with a private sector consortium, Forum Infrastructure Partners, to design, build, finance, and maintain the pedestrian tunnel connecting the BBTCA to the mainland. The TPA has indicated that costs associated with the pedestrian tunnel will be largely funded through the Airport Improvement Fee.
The Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport , commonly known as the Toronto Island Airport , is named after Air Marshal Billy Bishop, a Canadian First World War flying ace. As of 2010, it was Canada 's 14th busiest airport and Ontario 's 3rd busiest in terms of passengers, and the 17th busiest Canadian airport in terms of aircraft movements. In 2011, the airport served more than 1.5 million passengers.
Prime Minister Harper launches construction of pedestrian tunnel linking Billy Bishop Airport to Downtown Toronto (1)