UP Express under capacity

Just when you thought the UP Express was chugging along, The Star puts a penny on the tracks: TTC Riders, a transit advocacy group, surveyed the ridership and found the trains are 90% empty.

TTCriders says it counted the riders going in and out of the Pearson UPX station on Thursday between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m., in the midst of the Pan Am Games. It found just 14 people on average rode on each train, which can seat 173….

“What was really shocking was, even using Metrolinx’s own numbers of 3,250 people a day, that translates to the train running at just 12 per cent of full capacity,” she said.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

4 thoughts on “UP Express under capacity”

  1. Why is this not a surprise? Westonians all told Metrolinx years ago at their meetings that this was not going to work. How much did this boondoggle cost us taxpayers anyway?

  2. The UPX is way too expensive. We would love to take this downtown as it really is a fast and efficient way to get there, but it would end up costing my husband and I around $60 just for a return trip. Ridiculous and completely shortsighted.

  3. I recently used the 52 bus from the airport and it was packed along Dixon. Mostly airport workers and workers from the hotels. I even saw pilots used the bus. It took about 45 minutes to get to Weston & Lawrence. This was know for years that UPX would be expensive and underused.. and the downtown media (Toronto Star etc) finally notice! And I saw John Tory talk at Weston Memorial and boasted the UPX there and I thought of course he likes it’s for his kind of people Bay St! And we’ll have increase taxes for Scarborough useless subway. An above ground subway or LRT would much better but as usual dumb politics gets in the way and we have pay for it.

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