Gates and Stevens want timeline for Niagara GO after Milton announcement


Two politicians in Niagara are calling on the Ford government to provide a clear timeline for two-way, all-day, GO Rail expansion in the region.

Following the Ontario government's funding announcement for all-day, 2-way GO train service in Milton and the GTA, St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens, and Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates are calling for answers.

Stevens says if it's possible for Milton, it should also be expanded for the rest of the Golden Horseshoe.

Gates say while progress has been made on getting more GO Train services to Niagara, all-day, two-way GO is needed as soon as possible.

“The expansion of GO in Niagara over the summer was a positive step forward and highlights the hard work happening locally, but Niagara needs a timeline for full services not incremental increases in transit” said Stevens.  "Without a confirmed timeline, the municipalities of the Niagara region cannot make plans to take full advantage of the economic benefits GO service expansion will provide,” Stevens said.

“We’ve made progress on getting more GO Train services to Niagara, but we need all-day, two-way GO as soon as possible,” said Gates. “We have an opportunity not only to make life easier for Niagara residents who commute and reduce traffic congestion on our highways, but to significantly grow the tourism sector, particularly our wine, restaurant, arts & entertainment industries – creating more good jobs for the people of Niagara,” said Gates.