Union Station-to-airport must be made affordable

Public facilities such as the soon-to-arrive (2015) express train to Toronto Pearson Airport from Union Station must be public, not strictly for the well-heeled and those who can deduct business expenses.

So the proposed $20-$30 1-way fare to Pearson is an outrageous proposal that must be squelched right away and reduced to the typical under $10 that prevails nearly everywhere else.

The airport authority has been grumbling that the train will cost it money from reduced use of its parking lots.

So it wants some compensatory vigorish.

But how realistic is that assessment? Not very realistic when you consider that a large proportion of airport users either aren’t close to the express train or prefer to drive or ride a cab or limo to the airport.