Niagara Falls railway station (Ontario)

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Niagara Falls
Via Rail/Amtrak (inter-city rail)
GO Transit (Regional)
NiagraFallsStation.JPG
Amtrak Maple Leaf train at Niagara Falls station
Location 4267 Bridge Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°06′32″N 79°03′48″W / 43.1088°N 79.0634°W / 43.1088; -79.0634Coordinates: 43°06′32″N 79°03′48″W / 43.1088°N 79.0634°W / 43.1088; -79.0634
Owned by Via Rail
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Niagara Falls Transit Terminal
Bus transport GO Transit logo.svg
Construction
Structure type Heritage building
Parking Free long and short term
Bicycle facilities No
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code Via Rail: NIAG
Amtrak code:NFS
GO Transit: NFGO
Fare zone 84 (GO Transit)
History
Opened 1879
Rebuilt 1980-1990s
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf
(Operated by Via Rail)
GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit
Lakeshore West
Niagara branch
Terminus

Niagara Falls station in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is served by the Maple Leaf train between Toronto and New York City. On weekends and holidays in the summer it is also served by GO Transit excursion trains operating by way of the Lakeshore West line between Toronto and Niagara Falls.

The Maple Leaf is a joint Amtrak-Via Rail service: ticketing is shared, and trains consist of Amtrak equipment but are operated on the Toronto-Niagara Falls portion of the route by Via crews. The station was formerly served by additional Via trains operating as part of Corridor services, but these were discontinued in 2012.

Go Transit is expected to expand full time rail service along the Niagara Branch to Niagara Falls by 2023 and with it upgrades to the station.[1] The station is wheelchair-accessible, and offers free long-term parking.

Niagara Falls Station in 2012

History[edit]

The Victorian Gothic Revival style station was built as the terminus for Great Western Railway (1879–1882) and Grand Trunk Railway (1882–1923).[2] The station was renovated in 1951 and 1967 (east wing with restaurant was partially demolished) and again in the 1980s or 1990s.[3] It was later acquired by CN Rail (1923-1970s) and is now used by Via Rail (1970s-) and GO Transit.

The station was formerly staffed by Via Rail, but the ticket agent was replaced by an automated kiosk in October 2012.[4]

Customs[edit]

There are no pre-clearance facilities here or on the American side. For passengers coming from the US, Canada Border Services Agency officers process passengers on the train. For trains to the US, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers handle passengers upon entry into the US at the Niagara Falls Station and Customhouse Interpretive Center in Niagara Falls, New York just over the Whirlpool Bridge.

Niagara Falls Transit Terminal[edit]

Niagara Falls Transit Terminal

The City of Niagara Falls Transit Terminal is located directly across Bridge Street from the railway station. It is the main local, regional and intercity bus terminal for the area.

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