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Airport needs better transit, official says

Oct 13, 2007 04:30 AM

Only 1 per cent of the people who head to Pearson International Airport do so by local public transit, the airport’s vice president of public affairs told Toronto’s economic development committee.

Passengers with luggage and children in tow may not find transit an attractive way to get to the airport, but good transit is vital to thousands of airport employees, Toby Lennox said.

“We do not have good enough TTC access for employees,” Lennox said, adding it’s only going to get worse.

“As Pearson airport will be expanding, we need to draw on new pools of employees,” he said.

“It is simply not good enough to have every single one of these employees jump into a car.”

Airport employees live across the GTA, so the issue doesn’t end with one transit system, he said.

“We need to work with all modes of transit - Brampton Transit, Mississauga Transit, the GTTA, the TTC - to improve all of those.”

The airport authority would have to work out careful plans with each system to provide rights of way into the heart of the airport, he said.

He pointed out that Pearson’s new terminal has a whole level built to accommodate transit vehicles, and it’s currently underused.