Ontario’s Waterloo Region to Pearson Airport corridor is well established as a technology and jobs powerhouse but much more transit infrastructure is needed so it can reach its full potential, delegates at the CityAge conference in Toronto were told recently.
The "Airport Megazone" is especially underserviced, noted representatives of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) in attendance at CityAge on Oct. 6. It is Canada's second largest employer — second only to downtown Toronto — supporting 332,000 jobs, but since the airport is regulated federally, it's a relative dead zone in terms of public transit, with 90 per cent of all trips to Pearson made via automobile, the representatives explained.
During a panel discussion billed as Building the Corridor: Our Infrastructure Opportunity, panel chair Janet Ecker, the president and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, asked Howard Eng, president and CEO of the GTAA, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Drew Bradstock, Toronto-based senior vice-president of the international tech-ad firm Index Exchange, what types of infrastructure they saw as needed to enhance regional productivity. What's missing, said Vrbanovic, is "connectivity."
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