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Work starts on Toronto transit centre


The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has engaged HOK to design a regional transit centre and passenger processing facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Forecasts in the airport’s master plan suggest that Toronto Pearson will handle as many as 85m passengers annually by 2037, and the GTAA is beginning the planning to support this growth.  It will incorporate a regional transit centre to support the need for better connectivity.

“The success of Toronto Pearson as one of the world’s most significant international airports is a testament to the success of Canada and the Toronto region,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO, GTAA. “We’re pleased to be working with HOK on the design for a new airport passenger processing facility that will enhance passenger experience.  This new facility will not only help to welcome visitors from all over the world to Canada, it will also seamlessly connect them to towns and cities throughout southern Ontario.”

Toronto Pearson handled an estimated 47m passengers in 2017. The development will provide appropriate passenger facilities, reduce road congestion in the region and provide greater access to jobs and customers for businesses.  HOK’s work on the passenger processing facility and regional transit centre design will include all facets of the development of future airport facilities to meet projected growth.

“The Toronto Pearson regional transit centre represents the marriage of aviation and ground transit,” noted Robert Chicas, AIA, director of Aviation + Transportation at HOK. “This project will be transformational for Toronto Pearson by redefining the ‘front door’ of the airport, optimizing terminal real estate, positioning the airport for the future, and improving the passenger experience for millions of travellers.”

HOK will lead a design team that includes WSP Engineers and Weston Williamson + Partners, and design work will begin immediately.  The process will include engagement with stakeholder groups including airport partners, government, and local community members.  The first phase of the new facility could be in place as early as the mid-2020s.

Great Airports of the World Volume 3, published in May 2017 and available from the Key Publishing shop, included a detailed review of Toronto Pearson International Airport.


Picture:  Design work on a regional transport centre and passenger processing facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport is to start shortly.  (Bailey / Aviation Image Network)


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