Better connectivity between Toronto and Pearson International Airport could be a reality in the near future. This week Premier Doug Ford announced plans for a huge overhaul to transit in Toronto, including an extension to the airport.

Ford’s transit improvements include a three-stop subway extension in Scarborough, bringing line 1 north to Richmond Hill and scrapping existing plans for a Downtown Toronto relief line for one that’s much longer.

The province plans to construct an Eglinton Crosstown West extension which would have direct access to Pearson by 2031 at a cost of $4.7 billion.

Not everyone is confident in the new transit announcements. “Announcing new transit is easy; actually building transit is hard,” says Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy on Twitter. “Doug Ford has a proven record of making transit announcements and building nothing. Today’s announcement amounts to nothing more than yet another fancy transit map and further delays building transit in Toronto.”

To complicate matters, Ford says almost all of the line that connects to the airport will remain underground where he says it belongs. “We will not be ripping up some of the busiest streets in Toronto to build a surface rail along Eglinton,” throwing shade at the current Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

Ford’s concept to connect the airport to Toronto isn’t new— airports around the world typically have a connection to nearby major cities. In the case of Toronto, it would give travellers more options, but it would also give employees another option too. Currently, Toronto Pearson is the second largest employer in the entire country.

The province didn’t provide too many details about the project and how it plans to execute, but the announcement said there would be collaboration with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and other stakeholders to “bring the subway right into the airport.”

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