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    New traffic lights make way for Wego

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    New traffic lights being installed at the Victoria Ave. and Walnut St. intersection will give drivers another exit when leaving Casino Niagara and make it easier for the new Wego buses to make the turn.

    Two traffic lights already exist nearby on Victoria Ave., one at Bender Hill and the other on Clifton Hill.

    “It’s a one-way exit only. You can only come out of the casino and it’s there to accommodate the Wego system,” said Karl Dren, the city’s director of transportation services.

    “The intent was to bring the buses through the casino, as one of the major stops so that maybe people can even go between casinos, or for people in general to just hop on the Wego, they can pick up a spot right there.”

    Away WEGO. New bus system now running

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s the end of an era for the Niagara Parks Commission.

    The green, black and white People Mover buses that have carried tourists along the Niagara Parkway since 1985 have now been retired.

    The red, white and blue WEGO buses quietly started rolling along the parkway and across Niagara Falls Monday as the $50 million system made its debut.

    The NPC and the city called Monday’s start a ‘soft launch’ with an official kickoff event to take place later this month.

    New tourism buses stall

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    WEGO is a no-go for July.

    The new $50-million visitor transportation system that was expected to hit the roads June 29, won’t be rolling out until mid-August.

    The launch of the bus system, which will replace the Niagara Parks Commission’s People Mover, is being delayed due to issues with computer-based transportation technology.

    “Obviously, we’re disappointed,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati.

    The buses, a mix of 40-foot traditional buses and 60-foot articulated buses, have arrived. But the smart technology equipment still needs to be installed and programmed.

    Reconsider trolleys, former city worker urges

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls should put the brakes on the purchase of buses for shuttling tourists around town and reconsider an electric trolley system before plans for the new people mover system leave the station, says former city employee Derek Costello.

    But council members say their current people mover plan is affordable, will serve a wider area and is what the tourism industry wants now.

    Electric trolleys are better for the environment than buses that burn fossil fuels. Their long-term maintenance costs are lower than buses with tires and moving parts have to be replaced more frequently than steel wheels or electric motors, Costello said.

    “There’s such a strong movement (toward trolleys). It makes you think why, why, why buses?” Costello, a retired engineering technician, said. “A mistake is made forever. To amend a decision now is more prudent.”

    People mover base garage to be on Stanley Ave

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A $16 million maintenance garage for the future people mover system will be built on Stanley Ave. as the result of a city council vote Monday, though some politicians question why they wouldn’t put it downtown where it might help revitalization efforts.

    “Not enough was done to see if we could have made that investment downtown,” Coun. Vince Kerrio said.

    As the city and Niagara Parks Commission move ahead with plans for a new bus system to shuttle passengers around tourism areas, they’ll need a new garage to store and service the 27 buses in the fleet.

    Bring GO to Niagara Falls, says Region

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Regional council has asked GO Transit to find a way to extend daily train service to Niagara Falls.

    Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of GO Transit, is studying a possible expansion of the popular commuter service into Niagara.

    GO is looking at four different expansion routes, including one that follows the northern peninsula CN rail line all the way to Niagara Falls.

    But GO officials have said that route may require a costly bridge over — or tunnel under — the Welland Canal to avoid ship traffic. GO is also considering an option that would see the train stop in St. Catharines, with travelers boarding buses to continue to the Honeymoon Capital.

    But at Thursday’s meeting, regional council approved a staff recommendation to push for train service all the way to Niagara Falls — and beyond, possibly to Fort Erie.

    $50 M for new People Mover

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A long-awaited city-owned People Mover system in Niagara Falls is finally poised to become reality, with the province and federal government announcing Monday they’re going to pump $50 million into the project.

    The concept for a new People Mover system has been kicked around for years. At one time it was even envisioned as a high-tech monorail system in the tourism district.

    The new city-owned People Mover system of buses is separate from the Niagara Parks Commission’s People Mover system, which transports people between Parks properties and has been around for decades.

    “The Government of Canada is proud to be a long-time supporter of this project,” said Niagara Falls MP and federal justice minister Rob Nicholson. “The Niagara People Mover will contribute to easier movement of people in this great city.”

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