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How to get to -- and get around -- Niagara Falls
after GO trains end

Even though GO Transit’s train service to Niagara Falls — and other local services carrying passengers to and from the trains — are ending on Thanksgiving, you can still get to Niagara Falls by transit. And, once you’re there, you still have ways to get around through the fall, winter and spring.

GO continues to operate buses along its 12 Niagara Falls - Burlington route seven days a week for passengers who want to check out the sights and bright lights of Niagara Falls.

Buses start their trips at the Burlington GO Station, stop at east-end Hamilton, Grimsby, Fairview Mall in St. Catharines (north of downtown) and the Niagara Falls VIA Rail Station.

Coach Canada operates about 15 buses every day in both directions between Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Toronto and more between Hamilton and the Niagara Peninsula.

Greyhound Canada also operates between Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Toronto, including some Commuter Link express services. Some Greyhound buses stop to pick up and drop off passengers at Applewood Mall, near Dixie Road and the Queen Elizabeth Way in Mississauga and Burlington Transit’s Downtown Transit Terminal.

Both Coach Canada and Greyhound stop at the Downtown Niagara Falls Transit Terminal at Bridge Street and Erie Avenue — directly across Bridge Street from the VIA Rail Station.

After Monday, October 12, Ellen Avenue and Centre Street will be the closest that public transit users can get to falls. (Centre Street becomes Clifton Hill one block south of Ellen Avenue, and the parks along the Niagara River — and good views of the falls — lie at the bottom of the Hill.)

From Monday to Saturday before 6 p.m., Niagara Transit buses operating along the 4 Jill, 2 Jubliee, 3 Westlane and 5 Woodbine routes connect the Downtown Niagara Falls Transit Terminal with Ellen Avenue and Centre Street. After 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and all day Sundays and holidays, only buses operating along the 2 Jubilee and 5 Woodbine routes connect the two locations.

At the bottom of Clifton Hill, until Sunday, October 25, you can ride one of the Niagara Parks Commission’s People Mover (.pdf) buses along the river to the falls and other attractions. After October 25 until spring, you’re going to have to walk.

And soon, getting to the sights will be even easier.

Last Monday, September 28, the Governments of Canada and Ontario announced that they are jointly investing in a City of Niagara Falls project to transform the People Mover into a busway operating partially along a private right of way.

The Government of Ontario is setting aside one-half of eligible costs of the project, up to a maximum contribution of $25 million. The Government of Canada has previously announced the same contribution. The total estimated cost for the first phase of the Niagara People Mover project is $50 million.

The new busway will enhance the current transportation systems in the City of Niagara Falls, offering greater access for visitors to the tourism facilities in the area. The proposed route also connects with the VIA station, where riders can transfer to Niagara Transit, GO, Coach Canada and Greyhound buses.

The City is removing railway tracks through the tourist area of Niagara Falls and will replace the tracks with the busway.

You can learn more about the project here.