More lucrative international flights replacing less profitable London/Ottawa/Montreal flights that will be served more often by increasingly faster/frequent HxR trains.It’s not just about. It’s also about cost avoidance. It’s really expensive to build more parking as the airport grows. So they need to shift transit modal share to the airport. Also, if HFR/HSR happens, they can save slots serving London and others as service improves.
What I can see them potentially doing is roughing in all the rail platforms and protecting the approaches, but building a larger-than-needed bus terminal within the hub. I can see the TTC operating a number of express bus routes, similar to the Airport Express from Kipling, into that hub. It may not have rail service from Day 1 (aside from UPX), but I think there will be quite a few bus routes that will either be created or modified that will still connect to it.They can fund the hub on their own. And they will. The only reason it’s a 25 year plan is because the lines to the hub will take 25 years to build.
That is where they first proposed it in 2017 when they started discussing/pushing the whole Union West idea......it was, of course, before they purchased the International Centre....I still hold out hope that they move the idea of Union west to the north side of the International Centre and utilize the rails that already go there.....it would mean a longer more elaborate people mover to get people from the terminals to the transportation centre.....but I don't think it would be much longer than, say, Atlanta's terminal train.
Is there free parking at the airport right now?Do you think that they'll be free parking when this transit hub is built ? Or do we have to go further away from the airport to park again!