The announcement of expanded GO Rail Service to Niagara Falls by 2023 by the Province of Ontario is a significant infrastructure investment that will have considerable benefit to the community.
Niagara Region has partnered with the City of Niagara Falls to develop a Secondary Plan which provides a 20-year vision and planning framework to guide transit-supportive development around the GO station, located at the existing VIA Rail station on Bridge St.
The Secondary Plan will be inserted into the City's Official Plan and contains policies and guidelines for development and redevelopment which is complimentary to the existing community. The plan also identifies capital infrastructure improvements necessary to provide residents and commuters with safe and efficient access to the GO station.
The Secondary Plan identifies and recommends phasing for capital improvements necessary to enable safe and efficient access to the GO station.
Niagara Region and the City will undertake studies, such as the Thorold Stone Rd. Extension and Bridge St. Reconstruction, to assist with determining specific design details and elements that will be included as part of each improvement. Provided below are some of the capital improvements identified within the Secondary Plan:
Capital improvements identified within the Secondary Plan include:
September 2015 - Completed
Memorandum of Understanding signed between the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Region to undertake the Niagara Falls Transit Station Secondary Plan
March 2016 - Completed
Initiated the Secondary Plan process
April to May 2016 - Completed
Reviewed and confirmed identified transit station location
June 29, 2016 - Completed
Public Information Centre #1: visioning and objectives
october 18, 2017 - Completed
Public Open House: review final draft Secondary Plan materials
november 28, 2017 - Completed
Statutory Public Meeting: final draft Secondary Plan presented to the public and City Council
march 26, 2018 - Completed
Niagara Falls City Council adopted the Secondary Plan
June 14, 2018 - Completed
Secondary Plan approved by Regional Council
july 5, 2018 - Completed
Secondary Plan appeal period concludes. Secondary Plan process complete.
Cheryl Selig, MCIP, RPP
Planning Lead - GO Implementation Office
905-980-6000 ext. 3488
Email Cheryl Selig
The Niagara Falls Transit Station Secondary Plan was shaped through an extensive public engagement process.
In total, the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Region hosted a total of four information and workshop sessions, and conducted an online survey to collect feedback from the community.
Public Information Centre #1 - June 1, 2019
Public Open House - Oct. 18, 2017