Niagara Falls station (Ontario)

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Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara Falls Station 2012 p3.jpg
Niagara Falls station in 2012
Location4267 Bridge Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°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 byVia Rail
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsNiagara Falls Transit Terminal
Bus transport GO Transit logo.svg
Construction
Structure typeHeritage building
ParkingFree; long and short term
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeVia Rail: NIAG
Amtrak code:NFS
GO Transit: NFGO
Fare zone84 (GO Transit)
History
Opened1879
Rebuilt1980–1990s
Services
Preceding station   VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail   Following station
toward Toronto
Toronto–
New York

(Maple Leaf)
Amtrak
through to Amtrak service
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
through to Via Rail service
Maple Leaf
toward New York
GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit
Lakeshore West
Niagara branch
Terminus

Niagara Falls station is a railway station in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. It 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 AmtrakVia 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.

History[edit]

Amtrak Maple Leaf train at Niagara Falls station

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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