And now for something completely different…

Canadian operator ‘Hover Transit Services’ wants to float an idea that technically sank January 10th, but they say this will be different.

Picking up where the struggling ‘CAT’ left off, HTS dreams of beginning by moving passengers between Toronto and St. Catherines/Niagara county, a trip that they say would take 20 minutes. To save this amount of time they aren’t using a traditional ferry but a faster, hovercraft. (over 120 Kph) If this service picks up and begins to show some profitability Rochester may be next. HTS says that they can make that trip in about 1.5hrs.

Rochester has for now seemingly lost it’s sense of adventure as it comes to water transportation service between our two cities. Due to technical problems with it’s engines, high gas prices and a late season start, Rochester mayor Robert Duffy announced on January 10 that the fast ferry service between his city and Toronto had been cancelled.

About this HTS proposal the mayor said “his office has heard from Chapell and he’d like to see some sort of ferry service restored, but that service shouldn’t rely on the city to help subsidize it.”

It will take time to see if they can come up with an affordable way to do this. Hopefully by starting with an only Canadian service the company can gain a foothold and show with real numbers the success of their venture. This may be what is needed to prove that a cross border service is worth the costs of immigration staffing etc.

2 Comments so far

  1. Saira (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    Hoverscraft! Yipeee. Maybe I’ll be able to read with out feeling nausous.

  2. swoononeone (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    Wow! This is great. Yet another way to divert traffic into the GTA. It could allow people living west of Hamilton to commute to Toronto (if the service becomes more viable). I’ve always wondered why this service was available sooner.

    A trip from Toronto to the Falls or wine country could easier too…

    Definitely something to look into.

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