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Metrolinx to slash fares on the Union Pearson Express

The Union Pearson Express, possibly the most expensive air-rail link in North America, might soon become way more affordable. The Globe reports tonight that Metrolinx wants to drop the base fare from $27.50 to below $20. Better yet, those looking to use the service for commuter purposes -- i.e. between stations but not the airport -- would pay just $6.

Hey, that sounds better.

Toronto's air-rail link has been much-maligned since opening last spring. Ridership has been reported at 10 percent of capacity through 2016. Well, that is until the service was made free on Family Day Weekend, when people came out in droves to watch the Airbus/Boeing choreography across the sky.

The new fare structure has yet to be confirmed, but an announcement is expected Tuesday morning. Just last week Premier Kathleen Wynne suggested that the route might serve as a relief line for congested Toronto transit.

This isn't that. But, it's a start.

Photo via Metrolinx.


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