If you work in Toronto’s downtown core, chances are you’re somewhat of an expert at navigating the underground PATH system.
However, for anyone who doesn’t regularly frequent the PATH, it can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. And rightfully so, it consists of more than 30 km of tunnelled walkways connecting more than 75 of the city’s biggest properties.
But navigating through North America’s largest underground mall is about to get easier, thanks to a new website.
Launched by developer Eric Rotberg, the website was created mobile-friendly for those who may need directions while in the PATH.
“I’ve personally experienced the frustration of navigating and getting lost in the path,” Rotberg told Daily Hive. “Talking to several people I realized that this is a problem experienced by many.”
Rotberg said that users of the path shared how much they dreaded the underground walkway, and in the winter, how much they hated getting lost and having to go outside to find where they are.
“We have the skills, know-how and resources to address the problem and I felt we have the responsibility to do so,” he said.
He worked with a team to develop a “simple to use navigation aid tool.”
To use the tool, head to Pathapp.ca and type in the name of the closest shop nearby in the search field. The site will offer suggestions and will determine your current location.
After that, select where you want to go by typing the name in the destination field or placing a Pin on the map. You can then click ‘Get Path’ – the site will calculate and display the shortest route to get you to your destination.
While it is currently operated through a website, Rotberg said that they plan to develop an iOS and Android app.
Future plans also include shops to be displayed along the route and step-by-step instructions on how to get to locations. They also hope to have “Save and Share Favourites Locations” options.
“Our vision is to Partner with the City of Toronto to make it an official app that Torontonians and city visitors can enjoy,” Rotberg said.