UP Express getting ready for Spring 2015 trips between Pearson and Union Station

Union Pearson Express (UP Express) will launch as Canada’s first dedicated airport express rail service in Spring 2015, connecting Toronto’s downtown core to Toronto Pearson International Airport. UP Express will provide a fast route, taking only 25 minutes each way and departing every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day. There has been significant progress on the corridor, tracks and stations, with many residents now seeing the UP Express project come to life as it nears completion.

In mid-August, after a 20,000 kilometre journey, the first two UP Express trains were welcomed to Toronto. Built by Nippon Sharyo in Japan, these  state-of–the-art trains were shipped in lots from Toyokawa, Japan to Savannah, Georgia and then on to Rochelle, Illinois where Nippon Sharyo’s plant is assembling and testing the train cars under Metrolinx’s stewardship. The remaining trains will be arriving on a cascading basis over the coming months.

Before arriving in Toronto, the first two trains underwent high and low speed testing on Chicago’s Metra Line and are now undergoing a comprehensive testing and commissioning program in Toronto. Starting in September, the first two trains began testing on a variety of GO corridors and the Spur into Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson. Over the coming months, you will be seeing many UP Express trains on the GO corridors from now until the launch next Spring.

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Quick Facts:

  • – There will be a total of 18 UP Express train cars
  • – Each empty train car weighs 165,000lbs
  • – A three car train will hold up to 173 passengers
  • – UP Express vehicles will be convertible to electric propulsion for future opportunities
  • – Trains will be equipped with:  Wi-Fi, flight information, power outlets and Toronto events information
  • – The UP Express platforms are higher than GO Train platforms to enable level boarding between the train and platform allowing for travelers to easily wheel their luggage on and off

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