“We are pleased to see the return of seasonal weekend GO Train service into Niagara as we continue to take steps to recover from the effects of COVID-19. … This announcement is a positive step in the right direction. I am confident that those coming to Niagara will take all necessary precautions to slow the spread of the virus, including adhering to the recently passed mandatory mask by-law, as they enjoy all the best that Niagara has to offer.” – Jim Bradley Niagara Regional Chair
News from the Government of Ontario
Posted July 28th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Falls, Ontario — The Ontario government is resuming weekend GO train service to the Niagara region beginning on August 1st.
New schedules with four trips to and from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines each Saturday, Sunday and holiday will provide more service than ever before and enable convenient day or overnight trips, either in Niagara or Toronto.
“By increasing service to the Niagara Region, GO is once again connecting people with some of the finest parks, attractions and destinations in Ontario,” said Minister Mulroney. “As most of the province enters Stage 3 of our reopening, it’s a great time for people to safely and responsibly experience the region.”
The government is encouraging people to travel regionally in order to rediscover the best Ontario has to offer while contributing to the province’s social and economic recovery.
“The expansion of GO service to and from Niagara comes just in time for the August long weekend,” said Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff. “With trips scheduled every four hours, it offers consistent and flexible options for your trip with no traffic delays, so Niagara residents can now visit family and friends in Toronto on the weekend or safely visit other destinations.”
The Ontario government will continue to work with the tourism and hospitality sectors to ensure that as the province gradually reopens, Ontario will be in the best position to welcome the world back to the province.
- * Tourism is a key economic driver in Ontario, supporting more than 400,000 jobs and generating over $36 billion in spending. Niagara’s $2.4-billion tourism industry contributes over 40,000 jobs to the region and attracts more than 13 million tourists every year.
- * A GO/WEGO round-trip ticket for one adult will cost $30, and a family pass (for two adults and three children) will cost $65. Kids always ride free on GO. The promotional e-ticket is sold through the Niagara Parks Commission <https://www.niagaraparks.com/> website, allowing customers to pre-plan and buy tickets safely online before the journey.
- * Each Niagara weekend train trip is equipped with special bike coaches, so passengers can easily bring along their bicycles and ride in comfort.
- * A mask or cloth face covering is now required on GO Transit.
- * The government recently announced $1 million in tourism support for Niagara Region through a new $13-million funding partnership between Destination Ontario and Destination Canada to deliver locally driven marketing programs to bolster the local tourism economy.
* GO Transit trip planner
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