Good News for Residents of Niagara Anticipating Rail Service Expansion
A News Release from the Government of Ontario
Posted March 15th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
BEAMSVILLE, Ontario – The regional transportation agency, Metrolinx, with support from Infrastructure Ontario, has completed an Initial Business Case (IBC) in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Town of Lincoln and a third-party partner for a proposed GO Station in Beamsville.
The release of the IBC<https://www.metrolinx.com/en/regionalplanning/projectevaluation/benefitscases/2020-11-Beamsville-Station-IBC-Appendix-EN.pdf> is the first step in the planning process of building a new GO Station in the Town of Lincoln and is good news for local commuters.
“As we continue to address rapid growth in Niagara, our government is committed to providing Ontarians with faster, more accessible transit,” said Hon. Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure.
“This proposed GO Station in Beamsville would help connect people to jobs, education, health and community services, while reducing traffic congestion and enhancing air quality. We will also explore the opportunity to build this station through the Transit-Oriented Communities program to help support vibrant and integrated communities that bring more jobs and housing closer to transit.”
“The release of this Initial Business Case is an exciting opportunity to explore the potential for a new GO Station in Beamsville along the Niagara corridor,” said Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx.
This new station would provide a new, convenient and reliable transit service for GO customers in the region.”
“This is good news for local residents in Niagara who have been looking forward to expanded rail service,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.
“Expanded rail service in our region is key to local economic development and smart regional planning as more and more people call Niagara home. A Beamsville GO Station would greatly compliment the proposed Grimsby station and existing St. Catharines station.”
The proposed transit station would be located along the Lakeshore West Line, West of Ontario Street in Beamsville in the Town of Lincoln, and strategically located between the proposed Grimsby GO Station to the West and the existing St. Catharines GO Station to the East.
Metrolinx will explore opportunities to deliver the proposed new GO Station in Beamsville through the Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) program that will better connect people to transit. The Beamsville IBC compares the benefit of developing the proposed GO Station in Beamsville against the service concepts recommended as part of a 2019 Niagara Falls Extension IBC.
The IBC 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.
2041 is the future date used in the IBC to project ridership and not a timeline for when the station would be built. A timeline for station construction is still to be determined through the planning process and associated TOC project agreements.
A new GO station in Beamsville would attract between 7,000 and 8,000 tourists per year to the area in 2041 who would have the option to take the GO rather than driving, saving money and providing a safe and convenient alternative to explore the area.
Customers who currently use the GO Bus service would have the option to switch to rail service to save time and have an improved and more comfortable travel experience. Combined with existing riders diverted from nearby GO stations, annual ridership for Beamsville is expected to reach 325,000 in 2041.
On a typical weekday, the proposed station is expected to attract 1,335 daily trips in 2041.
The proposed station amenities could include GO customer parking, a pick-up and drop-off area, bicycle parking, and an area for transfers to local and regional transit services.
“Niagara has been unified in our belief and advocacy that four GO station sites are needed and viable in our community. This new business case clearly validates that in addition to our approved GO stations at Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, a future GO station at Lincoln will help drive our economy, connect our communities empower our residents with new transit options, and enable Niagara’s growth well into the future.” – Jim Bradley, Chair, Regional Municipality of Niagara
“Today’s announcement is excellent news for the community and a positive step towards future GO train service in Lincoln. The community benefits are many – including economic growth, expanded transportation options for residents, and further leveraging Lincoln as a premier tourism destination in Niagara.” – Sandra Easton, Mayor, Town of Lincoln
“I’m pleased to see the release of the initial business case that demonstrates the feasibility of GO service expansion to Lincoln. We will continue to work closely with our partners in government and the private sector to move this important community project from concept to reality.” – Michael Kirkopoulos, CAO, Town of Lincoln
* Metrolinx has completed an Initial Business Case (IBC) in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Town of Lincoln and a third-party partner for a proposed GO Station in Beamsville.
* The release of the IBC is the first step in the planning process of building a new GO Station in the Town of Lincoln and is good news for local commuters.
* Metrolinx announced a public tender for the new Confederation GO Station in Stoney Creek in 2020<https://blog.metrolinx.com/2020/04/30/metrolinx-takes-major-step-to-advance-hamiltons-new-confederation-station-with-release-of-construction-tender/>.
* Metrolinx<https://www.metrolinx.com/>, an agency of the Government of Ontario under the Metrolinx Act, 2006, was created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
* Metrolinx is working to advance additional GO rail services to Niagara as outlined in the 2019 Niagara Falls Extension IBC<https://www.metrolinx.com/en/regionalplanning/projectevaluation/benefitscases/2019-11-14-Niagara-Falls-Rail-Extension-IBC-Update-FINAL.pdf>. Metrolinx continues to work with rail partners to find ways to deliver on a promise to increase service to Niagara Region. This is part of incremental increases in service while work continues towards two-way, all-day GO service between Union Station and Niagara
* Metrolinx is exploring the opportunity to deliver the Beamsville GO Station through Metrolinx’s Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) program<https://www.metrolinx.com/en/projectsandprograms/constructionanddevelopment/transit-oriented-communities.aspx>. Through this program, the province and Metrolinx will build reliable transit at a lower cost to the taxpayer, while supporting vibrant and integrated communities connected directly to transit.
* Connecting the GGH: A Transportation Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe<https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1001741/connecting-the-ggh-a-transportation-plan-for-the-greater-golden-horseshoe>
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