A new rapid transit system is in its final stages of approval to launch in Toronto and the Niagara region next summer and it’s not what you’d expect. Travelling through Ontario’s Golden Horsehoe area is about to get much faster thanks to a new high-speed, eco-friendly, and weatherproof hovercraft system blasting through Lake Ontario.

Once approved, Hoverlink Ontario Inc., will bring its state-of-the-art, first-of-its-kind hovercraft service to the province and offer a 30-minute service between select cities, 365 days a year.

The massive transit service will transport people across Lake Ontario between Ontario Place, Toronto, and Port Weller, St. Catharines in half an hour.

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It’s expected to be so quiet, that it makes much less noise compared to a standard dishwasher. Transit goers can anticipate up to 48 lake crossings per day and each craft holds up to 180 passengers in a climate-controlled cabin.

Toronto and Niagara Region are about to get a whole lot closer,” said Chris Morgan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hoverlink Ontario Inc.

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“We cannot wait to finally provide a fast, reliable, and sustainable transportation solution that connects tourists and commuters in only 30 minutes. There is already an incredible amount of interest in the project, and we look forward to speaking with more people in the weeks and months ahead.”

Not only will this provide fast and efficient service but it is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by removing thousands of vehicles from the QEW every day, according to its release.

Since the crafts essentially “hover”, they don’t leave wake or wash, “and unlike traditional boats and ferries, they cause no harm to shorelines and protection efforts along Lake Ontario.”

The high-speed hovercrafts can allegedly travel across land, ice, and water – basically in all-weather conditions and temperatures, as stated by the company.

Though they are still in the final stages of approval, it looks like Ontario’s transit system is getting a little upgrade.