Flight at the end of the tunnel
Toronto's new addition 10 storeys under Lake Ontario
There’s a new underwater pedestrian tunnel in Toronto. Built 10 storeys below Lake Ontario, it stretches for 260 metres and connects the city’s mainland with the Billy Bishop City Airport on Toronto Islands. The entire journey via four moving sidewalks and “one of the longest escalator systems in Canada” is said to take six minutes. The old ferry takes 90 seconds, but only makes the trip every 15 minutes. The tunnel cost $82.5 million — in 2009 the Port Authority estimated that it would cost $20 million. It was funded using a P3 model (public-private partnership) and through the $20 airport improvement fee included in the cost of travellers’ flights. Rob Ford is taking full credit for the project, which was secured under his administration in 2011. portstoronto.com/airport.aspx.
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