Frances Nunziata’s gambit to get more stops added to the Air Rail Link is getting some press. The National Post has a sympathetic article, which explains one of the biggest problems with the new, very expensive, very controversial Air Rail Link and Eglinton LRT: despite coming within metres of each other, they don’t actually meet.
Councillor Frances Nunziata highlights one particular “missed opportunity”: the Air Rail Link will cross paths with or skirt the light-rail line being built along Eglinton, but there are currently no plans to connect with it.
“Wouldn’t it make sense to have a stop at Eglinton?” said Ms. Nunziata, who wants city council to ask Metrolinx to alter its plan. “If we’re building the Eglinton LRT, we want an integrated transit system in the city.”
Metrolinx is planning a ‘Mobility Hub’ terminus for the Eglinton LRT at the Kodak lands, but that will be about 2 km away from the Weston Station, where the GO trains and the Air Rail Link stop. It’s not an easy walk, even for the spry when weather is good.
Metrolinx, not surprisingly, isn’t in love with the idea of building extra stops at Eglinton or anywhere else.
The premise of the ARL project is to provide fast service to the airport with minimal number of stops. Currently, each one-way trip is scheduled to take approximately 25 minutes, adding additional stops would add to the length of each trip, therefore taking away from the purpose of the service as being direct and express,” Ms. Thomas [of Metrolinx] wrote in an email.