St. Catharines, Ontario wants VIA rail service again

February 10, 2016

By Karena Walter, The Standard

As Niagara continues to make its case for GO train service, at least one city wants to get VIA Rail back on track, too.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

St. Catharines council unanimously passed a motion Monday urging VIA Rail and the federal government to restore VIA train service in Niagara that was removed in 2012.

“The VIA option is again back on the table in a viable way,” said Port Dalhousie Coun. Bruce Williamson, who made motion.

Williamson said the request was made previously by St. Catharines but fell on deaf ears.

Council heard the timing may be better now.

Williamson said VIA officials stated they are looking at the opportunity to increase service to Niagara during an annual public meeting webcast.

The new federal government has also announced plans to make substantial investments to upgrade national passenger rail service.

Williamson said the best chance of immediate passenger service in Niagara is VIA and the municipality shouldn’t let a “no-risk” opportunity slip by.

In 2012, VIA cancelled two daily, weekday return trains and Saturday and Sunday trains which ran from Niagara Falls to Toronto. The last commuter train arrived in St. Catharines in October that year.

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