Regional Council approved the Niagara Transit Commission and its board members
Niagara Region is forming the Niagara Transit Commission. The commission will integrate the existing local transit systems into a single organization that operates public transit across Niagara.
A fully consolidated transit model in Niagara will:
The Service Standards Strategy was developed during the approval process to outline the types of improvements and enhancements the commission may implement over the next five years:
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Niagara Region Transit is an inter-municipal bus service between Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
NRT OnDemand is a rideshare service operating in Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and West Lincoln.
Niagara Specialized Transit is an inter-municipal, door-to-door service for those unable to use regular transit due to cognitive or physical limitations.
St. Catharines Transit operates in St. Catharines and Thorold with bus and Paratransit services.
Niagara Falls Transit operates in Niagara Falls with bus, TransCab and Chair-A-Van services.
Welland Transit operates in Welland with bus, on demand and WellTrans services.
Fort Erie Transit operates in Fort Erie with on demand and Fort Erie Specialized Transit services.
The Niagara Transit Commission is responsible for Niagara's specialized, conventional and on-demand transit services, and is governed by a transitional board of fifteen elected representatives from across Niagara.
The current Board's term extends to Jan. 31, 2023.
The creation of one transit system was identified in Niagara Region’s Strategic Plan. From there, the Linking Niagara Transit Committee, with representation from Niagara Region and the 12 local municipalities, investigated the best approach. The committee recommended creating a commission.
At its Nov. 25, 2021 meeting, Niagara Regional Council voted in favour of combining Niagara's existing services into one integrated transit commission serving all Niagara. Staff made presentations at all 12 local area municipal councils and secured the required triple-majority support to move forward with a consolidated transit commission.
A triple majority is a majority of Regional Council voting in favour, and a majority of local councils representing a majority of eligible electors in Niagara voting in favour.
A triple majority was needed to merge transit systems into a regional service with the recommended model of a single commission.
The triple majority process finished on Feb. 23, 2022, which officially gave Niagara Region responsibility for transit throughout the region.