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Billy Bishop Airport pedestrian tunnel opens today

Stop waiting for the ferry because today you can finally start walking to Billy Bishop Toronto Island Airport. After a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning, the pedestrian tunnel will officially open to the public at 1 p.m.

The 260-metre-long walkway took three years to build and according to a CTV News report, it'll take pedestrians six minutes to get across. The tunnel has moving sidewalks, which travel at 2.3 km/h, and it'll be able to shepherd up to 1,100 people to the airport each hour.

Rob Ford released a statement today, detailed CP24, noting how his administration was responsible for pushing the tunnel project forward. "I look forward to the added economic benefit that it, and further airport expansion, can bring to the City of Toronto," wrote Ford.

Regardless, it's comforting to know that you can now dash under the lake if you're running late for a flight. For those who prefer ferryboats, you can always keep taking them even after the pedestrian tunnel opens.

What do you think of the new pedestrian tunnel? Let us know in the comments.


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