The pedestrian tunnel connecting Billy Bishop Airport to Toronto’s mainland is doing wonders for traffic flow.
According to a new study from Dillon Consulting on behalf of Ports Toronto, an average of 40% of travelers walked, biked or used public transit from the airport in October.
Before the tunnel opened to the public in July of 2015, passengers were forced to use the ferry to get to and from Billy Bishop, which became quite congested, depending on time of day.
With more than 90% of passengers now choosing to take the six-minute walk through the tunnel, the study finds a large improvement to both traffic and passenger flow.
Compared with April 2015, there’s been roughly a 75% decrease in vehicles waiting along Eireann Quay to get out of the airport; fifteen-eighteen vehicles compared with a handful since the tunnel was built.
The report also found a sharp decrease in overcrowding on shuttles, as well as more frequent and gradual turnover of cabs, which translated into more available vehicles for those arriving at Billy Bishop.
“Ports Toronto’s new pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Airport is a significant and successful component of our strategy to improve both traffic management and customer service at our world-class airport. The completion of this project, as validated by these survey results, has not only helped mitigate congestion on Eireann Quay and surrounding airport roadways, stemming from the elimination of passenger peaks related to the ferry, but has also provided our passengers with a more seamless travel experience, from arrival gate to curb and beyond.” – Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President of Billy Bishop Airport/Ports Toronto
The study found, on average, 10-16% of all traffic in the area can be attributed to Billy Bishop Airport.
When you break the numbers down even further:
-2-4% of traffic on Lake Shore Blvd can be attributed to the airport
-on Bathurst Street north of Queen’s Quay, 50-60% of traffic is airport related
-in the area to the west, including Stadium Road, 5-8 % of traffic is airport related
-and on other routes, including Dan Leckie Way and Queen’s Quay to the east, airport traffic makes up 15-35% of total traffic