Currently, the only way to access Toronto's island airport - the Billy Bishop regional airport - is by a ferry, with service from the mainland and back running every 15 minutes. But in an effort to decrease its carbon footprint, increase environmental sustainability, and ease travel tensions, the Billy Bishop regional airport authority has announced the spring 2015 inauguration of an $82.5 million, 800-foot pedestrian tunnel passing underneath the waters of Lake Ontario.
The current water-only access to the airport is undoubtedly charming and novel, but can quickly become a major hassle for hurried travelers bound by the rigid schedule and cramped conditions of the quarter-hourly ferry crossings.
The addition of an underwater pedestrian tunnel not only helps to smooth back-and-forth traffic to the airport, but also promotes a more sustainable method of transport as Billy Bishop regional airport is a mere 2 miles from downtown Toronto - making public transport and walking a more attractive option for those traveling between the airport and the city of Toronto.
Once completed, the underwater pedestrian tunnel at Billy Bishop regional airport will be the first of its kind in the world, and will come equipped with wind/hydro powered moving-sidewalks, in what Toronto Port Authority CEO Geoffrey Wilson called, an "elegant and predictable delivery system to get passengers to and from the island."
Despite the sustainably-oriented futuristic design of the tunnel, the idea dates back to 1935, when a nearly identical plan was announced and then canned only months later. Evidence of the 1935 effort was discovered by excavators in 2012, when their tunnel-boring machinery hit steel.
Nearly 80 years later the tunnel will finally see the light of day, or rather, figuratively see the light of day, as its position over 100 feet below the surface of Lake Toronto won't be exposed to much natural light, if any at all.
Overall, the introduction of the underground pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop regional airport, serves to bolster Toronto's commitment to a more environmentally sustainable future, ease the minds of tight-scheduled travelers, and add to the dramatic modernization of the city's Inner Harbor area that has been taking place over the last 25 years.
Next time you find yourself vacationing in Toronto, be sure to check out this feat of modern engineering, as well as the many other worldly attractions offered in the city. Before heading out, enlist the help of Auto Europe, guaranteeing you the best rates on hotels, airfare, and car rentals, from Toronto to Trinidad.
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