Will tonight be the night Niagara Council hits the gas on region-wide transit service?

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Published November 25, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Is tonight the night that Niagara Region finally gets region-wide transit?

It is looking that way as the only stumbling block at tonight’s (November 25) special council meeting is the three Welland regional representatives who are still asking Niagara to hold off.

At a recent Welland Council meeting, they voted against the concept of region-wide transit until 2023 as they wish to number-crunch and gauge the effect it could have on their independent Welland Transit.

That means it is most likely that Welland Mayor Frank Campion and the city’s regional councillors, Pat Chiocchio and Leanna Villella will be the sole members turning thumbs-down.

The rest of Niagara Council, which entails Regional Chair Jim Bradley, the 12 elected mayors from Niagara’s area municipalities and 19 elected representatives from Niagara’s area municipalities, are all set to push it forward, barring any last-minute changes of heart.

Add to their voices a large number of regional business members and community groups that would benefit and will be in attendance to voice their approval.

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