The Greater Toronto Airports Authority announced today a pilot project for ridesharing companies to pick up and drop off passengers at Toronto Pearson. Starting today, passengers with Uber and Lyft rideshare apps on their smartphones can request UberX and Lyft rides from Canada’s largest airport. This ride sharing pilot provides another regulated, municipally approved transportation option for 47 million annual airport passengers and more than 49,000 workers at Toronto Pearson.
Over 200 North American airports, including Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary offer their passengers full ride sharing services from Transportation Network Companies. Toronto Pearson sees an average of 100,000 ride sharing requests per month, bolstered by the popularity of supporting services in adjacent communities like Toronto, Mississauga and Oakville.
“Following significant demand from our passengers, we believe that a pilot of full ride sharing options is timely at Toronto Pearson, and in line with other airports across Canada and the U.S. already offering this service,” said Scott Collier, Vice President, Customer and Terminal Services, GTAA. “We appreciate the collaboration of the ground transportation industry in sharing their feedback and welcome another opportunity to offer our passengers choice in their transportation options.”
To prepare for the launch of this pilot project, the GTAA studied best practices at other North American airports and consulted regularly with transportation industry partners to understand the benefits to passengers and impacts to operators.
As part of the pilot project, the airport will continue to monitor the impacts of this service on existing transportation providers and review their feedback.
About Toronto Pearson
Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security, supports the success of our airline partners. With more than 47 million passengers in 2017, Toronto Pearson is Canada’s largest airport and second busiest North American airport for international traffic.
The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 per cent of Ontario’s GDP and directly employs 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. It strives to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.