The councillor believes the anticipated $20–30 ticket price is unaffordable and unfair.
“The Union-Pearson Express should be something that is celebrated,” Matlow said. “I think Metrolinx will find a lot of upset people if the only rapid transit link to the airport is unaffordable.”
-Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s), arguing that a one-way trip on the Union-Pearson rail link—for which Metrolinx is looking to charge $20–30—should be closer to the price of a single TTC fare. Matlow, who noted that many large cities around the world (including New York, Seoul, and Vancouver) offer cheaper airport access through their local transit systems, also expressed frustration with the proposed UP Express airport parking fee, which will add roughly $2 to the cost of each trip in order to compensate the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for parking revenue lost to the new service. “It’s one thing to pay for parking,” he told the Toronto Star, “but people shouldn’t be paying for not parking. It’s crazy.” Matlow has written a motion asking city council to make fares for the long-awaited rail link more affordable.