Open Letter from Regional Chair on Niagara GO Rail Initiative

Niagara Region Coat of Arms

Dear residents of Niagara,

I would like to update you on the status of our continued efforts to bring regular GO Rail service to Niagara Falls.

Our collective work to date is an example of what is possible by working together and reflects the importance of having all levels of government, local stakeholders, and residents speaking with one voice in support of Niagara GO.

As a Regional Councillor for St. Catharines last term, I saw first-hand the 12 Niagara mayors come together to pursue regular GO Rail Transit to Niagara Falls. 2014 was a critical year for Niagara as we collaborated with the province to pursue this initiative which resulted in several notable milestones including:

  • A Spring 2014 commitment by our local Government MPP Minister Bradley that regular GO Rail Transit would reach Niagara in 2015 
  • A successful and collaborative meeting with Premier Wynne in October 2014 that with her support and direction opened many doors for Niagara to work cooperatively with the Ministry of Transportation, Metrolinx and others to compose a comprehensive business case
  • A request by Premier Wynne to report back with the results of our collaborative efforts to seek cost-effective options and conduct due diligence by the end of Q1 2015

With the support of a new Regional Council providing the necessary tools in the 2015 Budget, Niagara Region has successfully completed a strong and compelling business case. 

On February 26, I joined the 12 mayors in signing a letter formally requesting a meeting with the Premier as per her request in October before the end of Q1 2015 to present our business case. Further, a request to meet the Honourable Steven Del Duca was made on March 4, 2015 to brief the Minister of Transportation prior to our presentation of the business plan to the Premier. We received the earliest date of April 27 to present the case to Minister Del Duca with the expectation that a meeting with the Premier will occur soon after. 

Niagara has met every deadline and all criteria outlined by provincial officials. I look forward to receiving the Minister’s feedback on the business case on Monday and moving towards a clear provincial commitment from the Premier, in 2015, for regular GO Rail Transit to Niagara Falls.

I am grateful to Premier Wynne, Minister Del Duca, Minister Bradley, and area MPPs and MPs for their ongoing support, and am proud to be working with a Regional Council and 12 mayors who understand that Niagara GO is critical for our regional economic growth.

Alan Caslin 
Regional Chair, Niagara Region​

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