After our Rocky Mountains tour from Vancouver, why are we going to Toronto? I am sure it is a great city, but the only reason is to see Niagara Falls. We have three nights in Toronto. One day we arrive, the next we will explore Toronto, the following one a day trip to Niagara Falls, and the next day we leave. We will undoubtedly be left wanting with such a brief visit to Toronto, but that is how travel is at times. The easiest way to see Niagara Falls seemed to be by staying in Toronto and seeing Niagara is one of R's life dreams (as is seeing New York, I might add).
Back to the train. The trains to run the new Toronto airport service were bought from China and are a low emission diesels, and not electric. It could well be that low emission diesels are better for the environment than electric trains. The jury is still out, but for mine, I like electric trains as electricity can be a generated from the sun and diesel fuel cannot. In the interests of expediency, after so many years of planning and arguing, diesel trains were chosen.
Courtesy of Jackie in Toronto, today I looked at the UP Express website. We can book our our train trip on the website for around CA$27. There is no mention of Toronto's Presto public transport card that while it costs $6 to buy, will charge us only $19 for the journey and we can use it to travel on Toronto public transport at reduced prices over pay as you go fares.
As with many airport trains, it will be a marginal operation because of the premium pricing. For two people paying the full train fare, it would be about the same cost to catch a cab from the airport to the city. Only in times of heavy traffic will the train be significantly quicker.
Anyway, how cool that Toronto now has an airport train but if the UP Express had been done properly it would be a fast ten minute trip. Any airport train in Melbourne that I doubt I will ever see needs to be the same, that is a ten minute trip. In our mega growing cities, speed and convenience are of the essence and the only way trains will compete.
Photo from the Toronto Sun.