NIAGARA REGION – Niagara Region Transit service has been extended. At its meeting on Jan. 19, 2017 Niagara Regional Council approved a motion to extend the Niagara Region Transit pilot program until the work of the Inter-municipal Transit Working Group and decisions on the consolidation of transit services in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland are complete.
The Inter-municipal Transit Working Group of Mayors, CAO’s and transit managers from St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls with support from the Regional Chair and CAO, have been working together to develop options for integrated transit services for Niagara.
The Niagara Transit Service Delivery and Governance Strategy report is now complete. As a first step, results and recommendations from this report are now being presented to the councils of St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls with recommendations in the study to consolidate transit services and provide service enhancements to inter-municipal travel in Niagara. The Niagara Transit Service Delivery and Governance Strategy will be presented to Niagara Regional Council in spring 2017, once the local councils of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland have had the opportunity to review and consider the direction.
The Niagara Region Transit pilot program was originally set to expire in May 2017. The extension of the Niagara Region Transit pilot program will ensure that residents who have come to rely on inter-municipal transit to go to work, school or medical appointments will experience no disruptions in service.
"We have developed a detailed plan with significant recommendations for the improvement and permanent delivery of inter-municipal transit services in Niagara. This extension to our Niagara Region Transit pilot program will give Niagara municipalities the time they need to ensure these recommendations are properly implemented so that decisions can be made on improving the future of transit in Niagara."
~ Regional Chair Alan Caslin
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