Ride-sharing pilot begins at Toronto airport

The Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) is now allowing travellers to use ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft for pickups and drop-offs at Canada’s largest airport.

Under a new pilot project, passengers with Uber and Lyft rideshare apps on their smartphones can request UberX and Lyft rides from Toronto Pearson International Airport. According to the GTAA, the airport sees an average of 100,000 ride-sharing requests per month and the ride-sharing pilot provides another option for 47 million annual airport passengers and more than 49,000 workers at Toronto Pearson.

“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.

More than 200 North American airports – including Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary – offer their passengers full ride-sharing services from Transportation Network Companies. The GTAA says it studied best practices at other North American airports and consulted regularly with transportation industry partners to understand the benefits to passengers and impacts to operators. As part of the pilot project, the GTAA will monitor the impacts of the service on existing transportation providers and review their feedback.

Toronto Pearson International Airport photo

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