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.
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.
The anticipated growth that will occur around each of the stations is being planned and accommodated through two delineated boundaries:
These boundaries were identified and determined through an in-depth analysis of findings within previous reports related to this project.
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:
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:
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.
|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:
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.
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.
Seamless mobility will be achieved through addressing the following elements:
Placemaking will be achieved through addressing the following elements: