Future Beamsville GO Station
In 2011, Beamsville was identified by the Province of Ontario as a future potential GO Station site through GO Transit's Environmental Assessment on the Niagara expansion.
Niagara's subsequent 2015 business case advocated for four GO stations. Since that time there has been strong advocacy by Niagara for four stations. In 2016, the Province announced the extension of Lakeshore West GO Trains to Niagara.
Niagara Region partnered with the Town of Lincoln in 2015 to develop a Secondary Plan which provides a 20-year vision and planning framework to guide transit-supportive development around the future potential GO Station.
The Secondary Plan is in the Town's Official Plan and contains policies and guidelines for development or 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 Lincoln's future potential GO Station.
In December 2018, the Province and Metrolinx moved to a third party delivery model (now called Transit Oriented Communities) for station infrastructure. This means stations (bus loops, station buildings, parking lots, etc.) will now be delivered by third parties - no longer by Metrolinx. The new delivery model:
- Stopped the Metrolinx-led station work at Grimsby which was already underway
- Seeks third parties (landowners, developers, municipalities) who could look to deliver GO station requirements to Metrolinx specifications
This new program allowed Niagara Region and the Town of Lincoln to move the station a step forward as third parties could now initiate new stations instead of waiting for when Metrolinx was interested in constructing the station. Niagara Region partnered with the landowner to have Metrolinx complete the initial business case for the station under the Transit Oriented Communities program.
The business case determined that a station in Beamsville is viable on the GO network and it set out at a high level the infrastructure need for a station in Beamsville. It shows the proposed station could attract 48,000 net new annual trips to the GO network by 2041, which will provide better access to the GO network for local residents. This will improve access to businesses, housing, jobs and destinations in and around the Town of Lincoln.
At this time, there is no timeline for construction of the station in Beamsville as there is a need for a third party to commit to the cost of building the station on behalf of Metrolinx.
Niagara Region and the Town of Lincoln remain committed to a station in Beamsville in the future. Success with GO service into Niagara will help to strengthen the opportunity for a future station in Beamsville.
- Metrolinx initial business case completed
- Town of Lincoln and Niagara Region develop Ontario Street Urban Design Vision and Streetscape Master Plan
2011 - completed
GO Transit completes Environmental Assessment to extend GO Train service to Niagara
2017 - completed
Draft GO Station Area Secondary Plan proceeds to community consultation
2018 - completed
Beamsville GO Station Area Secondary Plan approved
2019 - completed
Regional Council approves multi-site "GO Station Development Strategy"
2022 - completed
Metrolinx completes initial business case
Third party enters into agreements with Metrolinx to deliver a station
Cheryl Selig, MCIP, RPP
Planning Lead, GO Implementation Office
905-980-6000 ext. 3569
Email Cheryl Selig