Toronto (May 8, 2014) – From May 9 to 13, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) will temporarily extend its Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) ferry service as a courtesy to visitors and residents of Toronto Island requiring special vehicle transportation to and from the mainland while repairs are completed on the Ongiara, the ferry operated by the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department, which runs between Queen’s Quay and Hanlan’s Point.
Recognizing the challenges inherent in a temporary change in the City’s ferry service, the TPA will waive normal fees and provide passage on the Airport ferry free of charge to school groups, community organizations, visitors and others who require transportation of vehicles across the Western Channel during this time. Regular vehicle charges will apply to commercial vehicles.
“The Toronto Port Authority is once again pleased to offer support to the City of Toronto and our Island neighbours by providing access and transportation of vehicles on board the Airport’s ferry during this time,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Toronto Port Authority and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. “We will do everything possible to ensure an efficient process and appreciate patience and understanding as we work around regular day-to-day airport operations and scheduled flights to accommodate vehicles crossing the airport’s runways.”
The TPA will provide escorted access to the vehicles across BBTCA’s runways at intervals throughout the day. BBTCA will work with its partners and airlines to ensure the safe passage of vehicles and minimize interference with airline schedules.
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Port of Toronto (Terminals 51 and 52), and Toronto's Outer Harbour Marina. In addition to moving more than two million passengers through the airport in 2013, the Port Authority provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port, and owns and operates Toronto’s largest freshwater marina. The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June 8, 1999, as a government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act as the successor to the Toronto Harbour Commissioners.
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