Hovercraft service between St. Catharines and Toronto won’t start this summer, now targets 2024

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Published March 23, 2023 at 2:56 pm

The hovercraft express route from St. Catharines to Toronto was expected to start this summer. The company running the shuttle service, Hoverlink Ontario Inc., has now said the launch has been delayed. (Photo: Hoverlink Ontario Inc.)

There’s been a delay in the hovercraft service between St. Catharines and Toronto that was expected to launch this summer.

The company creating the shuttle service, Hoverlink Ontario, is now saying it’ll be another year and that Summer 2024 is their new target date.

Hoverlink, a company founded by Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Christopher Morgan, announced the new service last September, exciting prospective travellers with a direct route between the two cities.

The company said the ride would only take 30 minutes between the two cities, which are 112 kilometres apart on the QEW. A trip between St. Catharines and Toronto via the highway can take an hour and a half to two and a half hours.

When he announced the new service in September, Morgan said, “Toronto and Niagara Region are about to get a whole lot closer. 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.”

A round-trip was expected to cost between $50 and $60. At a capacity of 48 lake crossings per day with 180 commuters per trip, the company claimed it could service three million customers annually and keep 8,000 cars off the QEW.

In a news release, Morgan blamed “delays on both sides of Lake Ontario as governing bodies ensure full compliance is met on every level.”

 

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