With Niagara’s three largest cities now on board, an inter-municipal transit bus system for the region appears closer than ever.
At last week’s meeting, Niagara Falls council approved entering into a memorandum of understanding with St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Region for a consolidated transit model in Niagara.
The councils in St. Catharines and Welland have also approved the MOU.
Niagara Region chairman Alan Caslin said the MOU is scheduled to go before regional council Thursday for the same ratification vote.
“It’s an important step that we get done first, so that everybody is on the same page. I’m confident that we’ll get that through,” he said.
Caslin said the MOU “lays out a framework” for how the municipalities will work together to develop a consolidated system “that works for everybody,” and how best to implement that system.
The MOU is a high-level agreement between the parties required to move forward with the consolidation process so residents can connect between communities.
“Really what we’re looking at is a transportation system for Niagara that starts with the GO train — that was the catalyst to get this moving,” said Caslin.
He said when people arrive at the GO train stations in Niagara when daily service arrives in the coming years, there should be an inter-municipal transit system that can take them to employment and post-secondary opportunities throughout the region.