Josh Matlow fears line’s planned fares of $20 to $30 per person will gouge public, but Metrolinx says the airport link is aimed at time-pressed business executives.
“However, Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said the airport link was not meant to be like transit. Aimed at time-pressed business executives, the trip will take 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes.”
I was listening to a piece about this on the radio this morning and right now they’re expecting to the fare to be ~$20-30 + tax, + a surcharge to help the GTAA recover lost profit from people not parking at the airport (which I think is bullshit “It’s one thing to pay for parking, but people shouldn’t be paying for not parking. It’s crazy.” -Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow)
Business execs? They don’t need this train. They can afford the $58 cab fare, and I’m sure in many cases would rather that than schlepping it on public transit. I need this train, instead of the ~1.5 hour trip on the TTC it takes right now (if the train was >$20 I’d continue taking the TTC for $3.25 thank you very much). Tourists need this train. As they talked about on the radio this morning London was one of the only major cities where it was more expensive (accounting for currency differences etc) but even that made sense given the distance, and you know, London being super expensive in every regard. I don’t pay that much to take the train from Burlington to Toronto (an hour) or even get to Toronto on the bus.
This is a $456-million project. So yeah, let’s hope it’s actually affordable.