Good news coming from the Region, where Regional Council will finally have a chance to look at what the actual cost of moving forward on Regional Transit will look like. This budget cycle will give a good indication of how committed the new Council is to eventually taking over Transit provision in Niagara.
Tripp said 2019 will be a transitional year for regional transit, as issues such as governance are determined. But eventually — depending on how it is ultimately managed — he said tax dollars that are put towards regional transit would no longer be charged at the municipal level.
This is the key. If we’re moving forward with this, let’s get on with it. I’ve been on the Linking Niagara Transit Committee for two years – as far as I’m concerned, this is the year to have the governance discussion and get it over with. With the province looking at Governance changes for the Region, we need a real regional system now more than ever.