Niagara Region’s Public Works committee has approved hiring a project manager dedicated to the GO Transit project coming to the area.
The Region already has a GO Niagara Working Group. This started up in 2015 to secure the details from the province for scheduled daily GO train service to Niagara Falls.
Getting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Metrolinx and Niagara would be the manager’s first job. Following that, co-ordinating Metrolinx activities and dealing with area municipalities and the Ministry of Transportation would be the next order of business.
GO rail services to Grimsby by 2021 and to St. Catharines and Niagara Falls by 2023 have already been committed to by the province, but Regional Chair Alan Caslin told the committee yesterday he has requested the Niagara Falls date be moved up by two years in time for the Canada Summer Games.
A memo said the project manager position will be likely be required for a five-year term and will be filled by current regional staff through direct appointment or a recruitment process.
The project manager position must still be approved by regional council.
Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario under the Metrolinx Act, 2006, was created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The organization’s mission is to champion, develop and implement an integrated transportation system for the region that enhances prosperity, sustainability and quality of life.
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