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With 12 municipalities, all with their own unique transit situations, we want to make sure that the new system meets the needs of residents in smaller municipalities, as well as the larger ones.
The proposed model is built upon a transitional Commission Board with proportional representation from all Niagara municipalities. While the detailed composition of this board is still being determined, all municipalities will have a voice, and representatives could be either Regional or local municipal councillors.
Complementing the Commission Board will be a 20-member Advisory Board made up of Niagara residents, post-secondary institutions, business groups, and others, ensuring those people have a direct say in the future of consolidated transit.
After several years there would be an external review to determine if this model is the right one, and whether any adjustments are needed.
Service Standards StrategyService Standards Strategy
Significant work has been done in the past few years to make the existing transit systems in Niagara work better together to benefit riders. A fully consolidated transit model is an opportunity to take these efforts even further – combining resources to deliver more and better service, providing easier connections between towns and cities, and effectively integrating with expanded GO Train service.
The Service Standards Strategy examines what the transition to consolidated public transit would look like over the next five years and beyond in three phases (years one and two; year three; and years four, five and beyond).
Financial ModelFinancial Model
ransit in Niagara today is funded by a combination of both Regional and local levies. Niagara’s new Transit Commission Board would be funded from Niagara Region’s budget only, through 12 Regional special levies and not through the Region’s general levy. Tax bills will show a Regional levy tax rate and a Regional Transit tax rate. The core principle of the financial strategy is that residents and transit users only pay for the services that they directly receive.