At Long Last, Niagara’s Regional Council Votes for One Seamless Public Transit System for Niagara

“Regional council made an historic, progressive and courageous decision this afternoon which will set into motion that process that will hopefully strengthen public transit across Niagara for generations to come.”                                                                                    – Jim Bradley, Niagara Regional Chair

Support Is Still Needed from a Majority of Niagara’s Local Municipalities

A News Release from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted November 25th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

At its November 25th meeting, Niagara Regional Council made an historic move to improve and modernize public transit, voting in favour of combining all of Niagara’s existing services into one single, integrated transit commission serving all of Niagara.

The Moving Transit Forward <http://www.movingtransitforward.ca/>proposal would bring together independently operating local transit systems in Fort Erie, St. Catharines, Welland, and Niagara Falls, as well as Niagara Region Transit and NRT OnDemand, in order to offer consistent operating hours and fares, new digital payment technology, and better connections for riders across Niagara.

Regional Council’s vote is a critical first stage in the triple majority process needed to transfer responsibility for public transit to the Region.

Starting the week of Dec. 6, all of Niagara’s 12 local municipalities will also vote on the proposal. To move forward, a majority of those councils, representing a majority of Niagara’s electors, must vote in favour of the plan.

Niagara’s proposal for consolidated transit is based on over 10 years of research, experience, consultation and feedback. Through the Linking Niagara Transit Committee, representatives from Niagara Region, local municipalities, transit operators and community stakeholders have all been working together towards this goal.

Earlier this fall, a public online survey also collected feedback from over 2,200 residents across Niagara. That survey showed strong support for the proposal, with over 79 per cent of respondents approving of the governance structure, financial model and service standards strategy that make up the proposal.

A full report containing the details of the proposal and the results of that engagement is available online <https://pub-niagararegion.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=67f66c8d-bdca-4504-9690-83e36961d138&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English&Item=67> .

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Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

“Regional council made an historic, progressive and courageous decision this afternoon which will set into motion that process that will hopefully strengthen public transit across Niagara for generations to come. Council’s vote is the culmination of thousands of hours of negotiation, consultation and debate across the region which aims to create a singular, enhanced transit service for all residents. I look forward to seeing the support of local councils across Niagara as we work together to modernize public transit and deliver results for our region.” ~ Regional Chair Jim Bradley

A Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large – If you believe it is way past time Niagara has one seamless, accessible, affordable public transit system – a service so many other regions like Waterloo has had for at least two decades now – please urge your local Mayor and your local councillors to vote for it.

Niagara At Large will have more to say about the need for this to happen in the days ahead.

NIAGARA AT LARGE Encourages You To Join The Conversation By Sharing Your Views On This Post In The Space Following The Bernie Sanders Quote Below.

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

One response to “At Long Last, Niagara’s Regional Council Votes for One Seamless Public Transit System for Niagara

  1. From Karrie Porter – St. Catharines city councillor –

    Happy to see this in Niagara At Large. Thanks, Doug Draper.
    There has been a shocking lack of interest on the transit amalgamation discussion from many other environmentalists and environmental organizations in Niagara.
    I don’t get it.
    Hopefully these groups will get involved and find a way to connect improved and expanded transit to the fight against climate change when the transit discussions come to the lower tiers.
    If you need some inspiration, here is what George Monbiot has to say about cars – https://www.theguardian.com/…/cars-killing-us-driving…

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