The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has launched what it is calling “a pilot project” that enables ride sharing companies to pick up and drop off passengers at Toronto Pearson.
Effective immediately, passengers with Uber and Lyft rideshare apps on their smartphones can request UberX and Lyft rides from Canada's largest airport. This GTAA says the 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.”
The Airport Authority says over 200 North American airports, including Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary allow approved ride sharing services. Toronto Pearson says it 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."
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