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TTC Looks at Using High Speed Ferries

TTC chairman Adam Giambrone will be requesting a feasibility report on using the lake to ferry people downtown from the east and west ends of the city.

The idea, which is only roughly outlined at this point, would involve docking facilities in Etobicoke (near Humber Bay Park) and Scarborough (near Bluffer's Park Marina) and allow Toronto suburbanites to hop on a high-speed ferry that could get downtown in 15 minutes.

If fast moving boats taking Torontonians to and from work is getting you all transit-nerd excited, you may have to calm down for a while - at this point, they're only talking about a memo written to propose a study to actually do this. A similar plan twenty years ago went nowhere, but because of better ferry technology, and a more pressing need to find alternatives to getting people around the city, who knows, this may get more support.

As a city next to a big body of water, we may eventually come around to the idea of using the lake to move people around - water mass-transit has been around for a while in Vancouver and NYC. Logistics and money aside, taking a ferry into the downtown core would be an amazing way to greet the city every morning.

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