Metrolinx reintroducing 30-minute all-day service on UP Express

With vaccinating rates increasing, more riders are returning to UP Express to travel between Toronto Pearson Airport and Union Station. To provide more flexible travel options, Metrolinx is bringing back more UP Express service.

Starting Aug. 23, UP Express service is increasing to give riders consistent, 30-minute travel times throughout the day.

The increased service gives transit customers more options, seven days a week, in both directions.

There will also be changes to existing schedules to accommodate upcoming track work at Toronto Pearson Station that will help ensure reliable service. UP Express service had been previously reduced due to low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s what you need to know:

Weekday service:

  • The first eastbound trip from Toronto Pearson to Union Station will depart at 5:40 a.m. and trains will run every 30 minutes until the last trip at 10:40 p.m.
  • Two late-evening trips in both directions are being added: westbound from Union Station at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; and eastbound from Pearson Station at 9:10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m.

Weekend service:

  • The first eastbound trip from Toronto Pearson to Union Station will depart at 6:40 a.m. and trains will run every 30 minutes until the last trip at 10:40 p.m.
  • Three early morning trips in both directions will be added: westbound from Union Station at 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.; and eastbound from Toronto Pearson Station at 7:10 a.m., 8:10 a.m. and 9:10 a.m.

With some trip times changing, Metrolinx recommends checking ahead by going to the UP website to confirm travel times.

Remember to continue to wear a face covering while travelling on UP Express – and GO Transit too – even if you’re fully vaccinated.

Story by Kate Manicom, Metrolinx communications senior advisor