All of Niagara is considering moving to a single, consolidated transit system for our community.
This new system would bring together local transit systems and NRT OnDemand, in order to offer consistent fares and operating hours throughout Niagara, with new payment technology, better connections, and new efficiencies for riders.
Using research, experience, consultation and feedback gathered over the last 10 years, Niagara has created a Financial Model, a Governance Model, and a Service Standards Strategy that paint a possible picture of the future of transit in Niagara.
Through the Linking Niagara Transit Committee (LINC), representatives from Niagara Region, local municipalities, transit operators and community stakeholders have all been working together towards this goal.
Earlier this fall, a public online survey also collected feedback from over 2,200 residents across Niagara. That survey showed strong support for the proposal, with over 79 per cent of respondents approving of the governance structure, financial model and service standards strategy that make up the proposal.
What Would This Do For Our Community?
A consolidated transit model would contribute to the social and economic prosperity of Niagara in many ways. The proposed model builds in flexibility and a region-wide approach that would allow Niagara to:
Create better access to jobs and services in Niagara, opening up new job options for residents in neighbouring municipalities, and new markets for business,
Protect our natural environment by providing residents with more sustainable and environmentally friendly public transit options, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,
Prepare Niagara for the future, by making sure our transit options can scale up to meet the needs of our growing population and job market, and
Support the expansion and connectivity of GO Transit service to the region.
What Happens Next?
Niagara Regional Council voted in favour of the proposal on November 25, 2021. The proposal will now be considered by Niagara’s 12 local area municipalities, starting the week of December 6, 2021. A presentation will come to Niagara-on-the-Lake Council on December 20, 2021.
Read more about the Transit Governance Plan at Moving Transit Forward.
Scott Fraser, Transportation Lead
GO Implementation Office, Niagara Region
905-980-6000 | Email