Regional transit system gets green light from Fort Erie

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Published December 7, 2021 at 11:55 am

At last night’s (December 6) council meeting, Fort Erie became the first Niagara Region municipality to hit the gas on combining all of the region’s existing transit services into one integrated system. And it was unanimous.

“Town Council sees the value of a consolidated system in Niagara. A regional system will not only benefit Fort Erie residents and businesses, but also the environment and the overall health and wellness of our community,” said Mayor Wayne Redekop afterwards.

It’s taken many, many years to get to where we are and I couldn’t be happier with the direction we are going. I am very hopeful the other municipalities will also see the value in one single, integrated transit system for Niagara.”

On November 25, Regional Council also voted in favour of the plan.

Niagara Falls will hold its vote tonight while it’s St. Catharines turn tomorrow. Both are expected to be in favour.

To move forward with the proposed plan, the yes votes have to hit what they’re calling a triple majority. Niagara Regional Council’s approval was step one. Now a majority of Niagara’s municipal councils must vote yes and they have to represent a majority of the population.

Getting yes votes from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines would represent 215,000 residents of the region’s 481,000 total population.

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