Starting today, you can now request a ride pick up with the Uber and Lyft apps at Toronto Pearson International Airport, as part of a new pilot project, announced the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).
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“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, in a statement. “We appreciate the collaboration of the ground transportation industry in sharing their feedback and welcome another opportunity to offer our passengers choice in their transportation options.”
Lyft spokesperson Aaron Zifkin told CP24 In a statement, “With the addition of this pilot program for rideshare vehicles, passengers travelling in and out of YYZ can count on a convenient and affordable Lyft ride to and from the airport. We’re thankful to the GTAA team for their collaboration and we look forward to providing a great rider and driver experience at Toronto Pearson.”
The GTAA said it studied “best practices” at other airports in North America and also reached out to transportation industry partners regularly to better understand how rideshare apps would benefit travellers and affect taxi operators. The pilot project means the GTAA will monitor the impact of Lyft and Uber on existing transportation companies and review feedback received.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for this pilot and we are committed to invest and help build a world-class mobility experience with Toronto Pearson,” Uber Canada spokesperson Xavier Van Chau told CP24.
Toronto Pearson says to request a pick up, download the Lyft or Uber app, ensure your location services are enabled, enter your destination, select the ride-sharing service level, then head down to Ground Level (Door Q or P) in Terminal 1 or Arrivals Level (Door D, head to outside curb) in Terminal 3 and follow the signs which read “Ride App Pickup” and wait for your ride to show up.
According to the GTAA, this new pilot allows another regulated and approved transportation option for Pearson’s 47 million annual passengers and over 49,000 workers on site. Toronto Pearson sees at least 100,000 ride-sharing monthly requests, says the GTAA, and this new pilot project should hopefully meet demand.