TORONTO, June 2, 2015 /CNW/ - With less than one week to go before Union Pearson Express (UP Express) opens for service on June 6, customers can now purchase tickets online at www.upexpress.com. Online ticketing is just one of several fare payment options available for customers.
"The launch of online ticketing is a key step in preparing for service launch on June 6," said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx. "UP Express is a significant proof point of our regional transportation plan in action and represents a major achievement for the city, the province and for Metrolinx."
UP Express is also PRESTO enabled, providing Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) customers the option of using their PRESTO card to travel for a discounted adult, one-way fare of $19 from Union Station to Toronto Pearson International Airport. This allows PRESTO customers to tap on and off and seamlessly connect to UP Express, without having to purchase a separate ticket.
"This is an exciting time as we get closer to seeing UP Express in full service on June 6 and seeing Toronto join the ranks of other global cities," said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. "It will give people one more option they can choose to get to and from the airport and the downtown core. This is proof of our government's commitment to making transportation investments that benefit the entire region."
PRESTO cards are available for purchase at service counters located at all four UP Express stations. Commemorative UP Express PRESTO cards will be available for purchase for a limited time, beginning June 6.
Tickets bought online will be sent to customers via email and will be valid for up to a year from the date of purchase. Immediate-use tickets can be purchased beginning June 6 at UP Express station service counters, Ticket Vending Machines, and on-board the train.
UP Express launches on June 6, as North America's first dedicated express air-rail link, providing reliable, predictable train service between Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport in just 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day. It is one of several options to move travellers and tourists between these two major transportation hubs, and in the first year alone it will take up to 1.2 million cars off the road.
Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario. The goal of Metrolinx's regional transportation plan is to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit. Working through its divisions – GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express – Metrolinx is transforming the way the region moves. For more information, visit www.metrolinx.com.
For further information: For more information and interview requests, please contact: Metrolinx, Anne Marie Aikins, Manager, Media Relations, [email protected] or (416) 202-5796