Integrating GO Train Service to Niagara

In June 2016, the Province formally announced the extension of GO train service to Niagara with stops in Grimsby by 2021, and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls by 2023.

A map representing the three confirmed GO station areas in Niagara. Confirmed stations are located in Grimsby (west of Casablanca Boulevard and south of South Servic
e Road), St. Catharines (at the existing VIA station off of St. Paul Street West), and Niagara Falls (at the existing VIA station on Bridge Street). A fourth recommended future station area is shown in Beamsville (west of Ontario Street, north of the rail lines).

Initiated in 2015, the Niagara GO Hub and Transit Stations Study is building upon the completed 2011 Niagara Rail Expansions Environmental Study Review that had identified opportunities for GO Hub and Transit Station areas in Niagara.

The intent of the study is to ensure that both short and long-term growth expectations around the areas is appropriately planned, accommodated and managed.

Study / Secondary Plan and Transit Station Areas

The anticipated growth that will occur around each of the stations is being planned and accommodated through two delineated boundaries:

  • Study / Secondary Plan Area
  • Transit Station Area Boundary

These boundaries were identified and determined through an in-depth analysis of findings within previous reports related to this project.

  • Study / Secondary Plan Areas

    Study / secondary plan areas contain lands anticipated to be influenced by growth pressure stimulated from the introduction of the GO hub and transit station. These lands need a careful and well-thought vision and planning framework for both short- and long-term needs.

    Visions for the following elements will be addressed for lands within the secondary plan boundary:

    • Land use
    • Good urban design and public realm improvements
    • Transportation (walking, cycling, and road infrastructure)
    • Municipal infrastructure improvements
  • Transit Station Areas

    Transit station areas are where the transit station and its facilities, including parking and operations, will be constructed. The GO trains will arrive and leave from this location.

    Locations for each transit station serve a critical function in the regional transportation system as the origin, destination, or transfer point for a significant portion of trips.

    The transit station area boundary is most influenced by access to rapid transit services with high levels of pedestrian activity. The area also need to balance many modes of access to the station.

    The property should have enhanced traveller amenities, including:

    • Pedestrian pathways and connections
    • Shared commuter parking
    • Retail opportunities

Attend a Public Open House

Open houses are scheduled to display Draft Secondary Plans (land use plans) specific to each station area. Open houses provide a great opportunity for members of the public to ask our project team questions, as well as provide comment and input on final Draft Secondary Plan elements.

The Draft Secondary Plans will be available online approximately two weeks before each scheduled open house.

All open houses will take place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Open Houses
Station Area Date Location Plan
Niagara Falls Wednesday, Oct. 18 Public Library (LaMarsh Room)
4848 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Draft Secondary Plan
Grimsby Monday, Oct. 23 Town Hall (Council Chamber)
160 Livingston Ave., Grimsby
Grimsby Draft Secondary Plan
Beamsville Wednesday, Nov. 1 Fleming Centre (upstairs)
5020 Serena Dr., Beamsville
 
St. Catharines Thursday, Nov. 2 Rodman Hall (Studio Gallery)
109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines
 

Can't attend? Email us to receive notifications on future statutory public meeting for a specific station area.

You may also submit comment and input on Draft Secondary Plans to our project planning lead:

Niagara's GO Hub and Transit Station Areas

The boundary areas and objectives for each of the identified GO hubs are based on input received from the public during engagement sessions held in June 2016.

Best Practices for GO Hub and Transit Station Areas

In September 2011, Metrolinx released a document titled, "Mobility Hub Guidelines for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area". It outlines a best practices framework for successful planning and implementation of GO hubs and transit station areas.

Niagara Region has consulted with and adopted these guidelines throughout the study process to ensure innovative and leading edge practices are used at the future GO hub and transit station areas.

The guidelines highlight station area planning objectives that are summarized into three categories.

  • Objective 1: Seamless Mobility

    Seamless mobility will be achieved through addressing the following elements:

    • Connectivity: by providing ease of access between existing services and infrastructure through transfer integration and linking major trip generators and attractors to stations and stops
    • Multimodality: by encouraging and increasing the use and appeal of alternative modes of transportation to reduce the reliance of private automobile
    • Density and Diversity: by supporting and promoting transit-oriented developments that offer increased density, convenient access to transit stations and stops, and provide a mix of land uses
  • Objective 2: Placemaking

    Placemaking will be achieved through addressing the following elements:

    • Attractive Public Realm: by supporting vibrant public spaces that stimulate interaction between people and the environment through drawing upon a communities local identity and sense of place
    • Complete and Livable Communities: by supporting transportation options that are accessible and affordable to all, while promoting economic vitality and minimizing ecological footprint through sustainable and environmentally-friendly design
    • Pedestrian Priority: by designing walkable spaces and connections that improve the safety, convenience, and experience for the pedestrian year-round
  • Objective 3: Successful Implementation
    • Flexible Implementation: by developing policy, incentives, and partnerships that adapt to growth pressures and change, while fostering opportunity for new public and private investment
    • Integrated Technology: by building a system designed with access to up-to-the-minute travel information to enhance user experience and trust


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