Niagara's move towards daily GO Train service in Niagara marked another significant milestone with the adoption of the Niagara Falls GO Transit Station Secondary Plan at Niagara Falls City Council on March 27, 2018.
The Niagara Falls Transit Station Secondary Plan has been prepared to provide a vision and planning framework that will guide future transit supportive development and redevelopment around the Niagara Falls GO Transit Station. The extension of GO Transit into Niagara Falls is a substantial investment which should act as a catalyst to redevelopment in the Downtown. The Secondary Plan will facilitate this redevelopment resulting in increased assessment revenue.
Investment in high order transit like GO Transit in downtown Niagara Falls, along with this area’s proximity to the US border, Niagara River and tourist district provides Niagara Falls with a unique opportunity to plan the lands around the transit station as a complete community node. This node will primarily focus on providing a full range of uses needed to support those living and working in the area, while continuing to serve the needs of the travelling public.
The plan has been developed with input from residents, stakeholders and has been carried out as a partnership between Niagara Region and Niagara Falls.
Now that the study has been adopted by the City of Niagara Falls it will be presented to Niagara Regional Council for their approval as well in May 2018.
The Niagara Falls GO Station is one of three transit stations where Niagara is actively working on future development and capital improvements - the other stations being located in Grimsby and St. Catharines. These stations are part of Niagara’s larger efforts to improve transit in the Region and ensure that we are ready for daily GO Train service when it arrives with stops in Grimsby by 2021, and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls by 2023.
"It is important that transit development in Niagara is integrated into our unique communities. Niagara is well prepared to welcome new guests and visitors when two-way GO service begins. We are working closely with our partners to ensure that Niagara is best positioned to move people and goods through our region and that we plan ahead for future economic growth that GO service will bring."
~ Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair
"Redevelopment and growth are a major part of the GO Train coming to Niagara Falls and the Niagara Region. In a few years, we won't even recognize what these areas once looked like. We look forward to the support of the Region and to working with our partner communities along the GO route in order to enhance and grow our economies and to create jobs and opportunities for residents and a great experience for riders and travellers."
~ Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls
Diana Morreale, MCIP, RPP
Niagara Region, Planning Lead - GO Implementation Office
905-980-6000 ext. 3367
Alex Herlovitch, MCIP, RPP
Director of Planning, Building & Development, City of Niagara Falls
905-356-7521 ext. 4231