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Transportation

Accessibility to the US border from Oakville is a one-hour drive along the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW Highway) where it connects at Lewiston, Niagara Falls or Buffalo, New York. There are two International airports within 30 minutes of Oakville. The Lester B. Pearson International Airport is the largest in Canada and the 26th busiest in the world, handling over 28 million passengers annually (Greater Toronto Airport Authority, 2002). Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport located 40 kilometres away is Canada’s number one freight airport.

Oakville is serviced by an excellent series of transportation networks.  These including three major highways (Queen Elizabeth Way, Highway 403, 407 Express Toll Route Highway) with direct connections to the U.S. border; two international airports (Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport) within a 30 minute commute; CN railway mainline providing freight handling facilities; and major shipping ports (Toronto Harbour, Hamilton Harbour) providing access to the 3,747 kilometre (2,342 mile) St. Lawrence Seaway.

Oakville is also fully serviced by passenger rail service to Union Station in Downtown Toronto, including GO Transit and intercity VIA Rail. GO Trains leave Oakville every ten minutes to Union Station during peak times. VIA Rail offers express service to Ottawa and Montreal from Oakville. Rail passengers can also transfer in Toronto to Amtrak rail services to cities in the USA. Oakville’s local transit system provides bus service to the community and nearby area residents.