CANADA. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Regional Transit Centre as it seeks to ease access to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The transit centre would be located on airport grounds and would connect various planned and existing road and rail transit lines. The GTAA said its objective was to reduce the number of personal cars on the road and thereby facilitate the movement of people and goods to, from and around the airport.

The RFP covers design consulting services for concept development of the Regional Transit Centre, which would also include passenger processing facilities.

A concept rendering of the Regional Transit Centre

The GTAA noted research that showed a growing demand for transit in the West Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA), a region it said was currently under-served by transit but experiencing rapid growth.

The West GTHA generates more than 4.5 million trips per day, representing 35% of the GTHA’s trips. Only 7% of these trips are by public transit. Moreover, greater than 60% of transit trips require at least one connection, with more than 20% requiring two or more.

The GTAA said the proposed Regional Transit Centre would therefore provide an economically critical missing link in the regional transit system; connect people to economic opportunities in the Airport Employment Zone (AEZ); and provide networked transit service to many of the region’s most disadvantaged communities.

It would also stimulate ongoing, high-value economic activity beyond the AEZ, and support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution.

The GTAA said the Regional Transit Centre is planned as Phase 1 of further development on the site across Airport Road from current Terminals 1 and 3.

The GTAA will fund the development and construction of the transit centre at Toronto Pearson.

“This opportunity is about more than just getting people to and from the airport; it is about generating a host of benefits for people living and working in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area,” said GTAA President and Chief Executive Officer Howard Eng.

“This starts with reduced congestion on the roads around the airport, resulting in more efficient movement of people and goods. The end result would be a more economically competitive region, and one that is better positioned to unlock the significant growth opportunities that the future holds.”

The RFP can be downloaded at www.merx.com (Solicitation #2047907; Merx Reference #0000062760).

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