What it is:
Regional Council and all municipal councils in Niagara who operate transit services continue to support local and inter-municipal transit services in Niagara. Mayors and CAOs are actively exploring how to take current arrangements further by exploring best-in-class transit solutions that are customer-centric, innovative and seamless both throughout Niagara and across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
When it’s happening: Inter-municipal transit services have been operating since 2011 alongside longstanding public transit services at the local level. Mayors and CAOs, together with technical support teams, are working right now to develop best-in-class solutions beginning with investigating integrated fare payment methods and trip planning applications within Niagara and across the GTHA in early 2016. Route optimization, particularly improving interconnectivity to post-secondary institutions, is also a priority.
How it sets the foundation for GO: For many customers the daily commute does not end at a GO station. Integrated public transit solutions are important parts of a multi-modal transportation system that will support daily GO Train service in Niagara.