On July 14, 2014, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) was proud to host the Right Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and MP for Eglinton-Lawrence, for a tour of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) pedestrian tunnel to show the significant amount of progress that has been made in the project.
Nearly 2.3 million passengers travelled through the BBTCA last year and currently the only way to access the Airport from the mainland is via the ferry. The pedestrian tunnel, which will be complete in winter 2014/2015, will improve the flow of travellers arriving and departing, and provide more reliable, convenient and predictable access to the Airport.
When it opens, the pedestrian tunnel will have four moving sidewalks travelling at 2.3 kilometres per hour. From a bank of six elevators on the mainland side, travellers will go 100-feet down to access the tunnel and travel along the passageway to escalators which take them to the airport’s check-in area. The complete journey will take less than six minutes, and will dramatically improve passenger flows.
Next phases of the tunnel project will include construction of the connecting terminal structures, installation of the moving walkways, escalators and elevators and landscaping, as well as electrical, mechanical and final finishing work.
To learn more about the tunnel or to view photos, click here