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GO train service to Niagara Region:
Last chance to comment on the plans



GO Transit recently completed its environmental assessment and preliminary design study for expanding GO train service to Niagara Region. You have 45 days to review the plans and comment on the proposals before the environmental assessment reaches its final step.

The findings of the study, including the impact of the line on the environment and the potential for expanding the line further, appear in an environmental study report.

Although the study examines several ways to serve the growing number of commuters from Niagara Region to Hamilton, Halton, Peel and Toronto, it basically recommends extending GO’s 01 Lakeshore West line to Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls as the best way to handle the increasing traffic.

The study proposes one of four possible scenarios for when the service starts, possibly as early as 2015:

  1. trains between Union Station and east-end Hamilton;
  2. trains between Union Station and Grimsby;
  3. trains between Union Station and St. Catharines; or
  4. trains between Union Station and Niagara Falls.

Depending on which scenario GO chooses (or which scenario the Ontario Government will fund), GO will build new GO stations:

  • For scenario #1: in north-downtown Hamilton on the west side of James Street North, west of the former CN Station (which GO used for its trains in Hamilton from 1967 until it opened the current Hamilton GO Centre in 1996 in south-downtown Hamilton) and Confederation on the west side of Centennial Parkway North, just south of the Queen Elizabeth Way in east-end Hamilton.
  • For scenario #2: James Street North, Confederation and Grimsby, on the west side of Casablanca Boulevard, just south of the Queen Elizabeth Way.
  • For scenario #3: James Street North, Confederation, Grimsby and St. Catharines at the current VIA Rail Station in the west-end of St. Catharines.
  • For scenario #4: James Street North, Confederation, Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls at the current VIA Rail Station in downtown Niagara Falls.

In the long term, GO would also build two more stations on the east side of Fifty Road, just south of the Queen Elizabeth Way, on the boundary between Grimsby and Hamilton and at Beamsville on Ontario Street, just south of the Queen Elizabeth Way in the Town of Lincoln.

Depending on which scenario GO chooses, it would build yards to store and maintain the trains at Lewis Road in Hamilton, Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines or at the Niagara Falls Station.

The study suggests that GO would operate, at first, four trains toward Toronto Mondays to Fridays during the morning rush hours and four trains toward Niagara in the afternoon rush hour. Eventually, it would expand the service to operate trains seven days a week in both directions, with trains as frequent as every 20 minutes during rush hours.

A challenge for all service between St. Catharines and Niagara Falls is the current bridge carrying trains across the Welland Canal. The bridge is more than 75 years old and needs replacing or upgrading. It lifts to allow ships pass along the canal, often delaying VIA Rail trains and the summer weekend trains the GO currently operates.

The environmental study report considers proposals to build a new, higher bridge across the canal, or a tunnel under it as alternatives.

GO has filed the environmental study report for members of the public to review for 45 days. If you object to the findings of the report, you must respond in writing to:

Andreas Grammenz
EA Project Leader
GO Transit
20 Bay Street, Suite 600
Toronto, ON M5J 2W3
Tel: 416-869-3600 ext. 5524
E-mail: Andreas.Grammenz@gotransit.com

or

Leonard Rach, P.Eng.
Project Manager
R. J. Burnside & Associates Limited
15 Townline,
Orangeville, ON L9W 3R4
Tel: 1-800-265-9662 ext. 302
Fax: 519-941-8120
E-mail: Leonard.Rach@rjburnside.com

before Sunday, July 3.

After July 3, GO will submit the report to the Honourable John Wilkinson, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment. The minister may decide to approve the report, revise it because of any comments he may receive from you during the 45-day period, or return it to GO for more work. The minister’s approval is the last step in the environmental assessment process.

You can view the environmental study report here.