Harper breaks ground for Toronto island airport tunnel
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, March 9, 2012 11:20PM EST
TORONTO - The federal government is paving the way for a pedestrian tunnel to Toronto's island airport.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says regulatory changes have been made to allow the tunnel project at Billy Bishop airport.
The 240-metre tunnel will compliment the current ferry service -- said to be one of the world's shortest regular ferry routes.
Some 1.5 million people use the island airport each year.
Some critics worry such a link will mean more traffic and more flights.
The project is expected to take two years to complete.
"The construction of the pedestrian tunnel will create jobs," Harper said at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday.
"(It will) help manage passenger flows to and from the airport."
Toronto Port Authority chair Mark McQueen, left to right, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty break ground on the construction of a pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto on Friday, March 9, 2012. (Pawel Dwulit / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks in Toronto, Friday, March 9, 2012.
A view from the ferry on the way to Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport.