Urban Transit Needs to Plan for the Future

Earlier this week, various government bodies joined together to make some transit announcements in the biggest city in Canada, Toronto. The Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, MP Adam Vaughan, MPP Han Dong, Councillor Mike Layton and Mayor John Tory were all in attendance. So what did the big transit announcement unveil? Four new GO Transit stops are going to be added to the current rail system operated by the Province of Ontario.

Politicians gather together to make a transit announcement.

Various politicians gather together in Toronto to make a transit announcement.

What is Missing? 

“…Ontario is investing $31.5 billion over 10 years for transit, transportation, and other priority infrastructure projects…”, as quoted from the News Release issued by the Province of Ontario on Tuesday, June 22. If Toronto, and other major cities want to truly invest into the future of transportation and keep up with the times, then being attune to current and future technologies and social norms need to be factored in. A rail system, while functional and traditional, is not exactly the most reliable and is fairly archaic. No mention of drone, personal aviation, or even the slightest acknowledgement to future transit alternatives were included in the announcement.

One city,  like Sao Paulo, Brazil have been planning proactively into the personal aviation future since the 1970’s as noted by the LSE Cities. Their urban transit planning does take into account personal aviation transportation. This city has the second largest helicopter fleet in the world. Many of the elite opt to commute by personal helicopter than having to waste precious time stuck in traffic.  Other cities like Saudi Arabia, have the progressive and proactive mindset for their city’s future. “By the end of 2018, the city is expected to open the biggest urban mass transit system that’s ever been created from scratch,” as noted by  Tech Insider. While the Saudi Arabia plan does not specifically outline personal aviation into its plans, what it does have is the flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to adjust to it’s city needs.

Railway tracks in Toronto.

A view of one of the main rail tracks in Toronto.

Personal aviation is no doubt going to rise. Many big cities certainly have plans for their commerical airports, expanding their flight destinations and increasing the size of their terminals. Yet there still seems to be a disconnect with how personal aviation will evolve. The concept of the shared economy will start to grow in the aviation industry, as reported by Fast Company but many people will still see this as an inconvenience as the element of convenience is still missing.

Circling back to the Province of Ontario in Canada, their mandate is to grow the economy and create jobs. Here at Airvinci, we are doing just that. We are creating a revolutionary product that will allow individuals to get where they need to go and we are adding to the economy. By manufacturing and keeping the production and design work mostly in Ontario, we are adding employment opportunities to the city and province. When the city of Toronto is ready to add personal aviation into their urban transit plans, we will be ready to help.