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TORONTO, July 30, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, join Mark McQueen, Chairman of PortsToronto, in cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport's pedestrian tunnel. As of 1:30 P.M. today, the new tunnel will provide the 2.4 million passengers who travel through the airport each year with a more convenient and predictable point of access to the airport.
Measuring 853-feet from the mainland pavilion to the island atrium, the pedestrian tunnel features four moving sidewalks travelling at 2.3 kilometres per hour. From a bank of six elevators in the mainland pavilion, travellers descend 100-feet to access the tunnel and travel along the passageway before ascending to the island atrium and airport's check-in area using one of the longest escalator systems in Canada.
For more than 100 years PortsToronto, (formerly the Toronto Port Authority), has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $6.7 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.
Image with caption: "The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, join Mark McQueen, Chairman of PortsToronto, in cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport's pedestrian tunnel. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150730_C8606_PHOTO_EN_465669.jpg
For further information: Media Contact: Erin Mikaluk, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations, PortsToronto, Tel: (416) 863-2065; Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail: email@example.com