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    Niagara leaders pleased with seasonal GO reception

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Metrolinx is on track to hit around 25,000 passenger trips on this year’s seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto.

    Spokesman Scott Money said due to a six-to-eight week delay in ridership reporting, Metrolinx is unable to provide 2017 numbers.

    However, he said it’s expected the service will see 25,000 passenger trips when the season wraps up on Thanksgiving weekend, just as there were in 2015 and 2016.

    “Our Niagara service continues to be very popular with customers,” said Money.

    Niagara still going for GO

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Region Chairman Alan Caslin is continuing to push for regular Toronto to Niagara Falls GO train service to be up and running in time for the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

    However, Metrolinx — the arm’s-length provincial agency that operates GO Transit — isn’t committing to any changes to its originally proposed timetable.

    “We are aware of the request to launch service by 2021 instead of 2023 as promised, but it’s too early to say at this point,” said GO spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins, adding Metrolinx is going to provide a full update on GO expansion in the fall.

    Google auto-complete entries for Niagara Falls

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    I was watching some of the WIRED’s Autocomplete Interviews and I thought it would be fun to see what some of the common searches are for Niagara Falls:

    Decent questions.

    I’m sure that all sorts of different attractions would love to have their names show up automatically!

    I would think that Niagara Falls is considered a waterfall.

    How much does it cost? You mean to buy all 3 waterfalls? I don’t think anyone could afford it! 🙂

    Niagara Parks partners with Metrolinx for new Go Train travel package

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Metrolinx and Niagara Parks are teaming up to make it easier for people to experience one of the country’s top tourism destinations.

    The provincial transit agency’s seasonal Go Train service from downtown Toronto to Niagara resumes June 23 and, with the new partnership with Niagara Parks, visitors will be able to purchase travel packages that combine a round-trip GO Train ticket with access to the Wego transportation system.

    “We are truly excited to be working with Metrolinx on this project as we invite visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history, world-renowned gardens, trails and pathways and breathtaking natural beauty that characterize Niagara Parks and the entire Niagara region,” Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, said Monday at Table Rock.

    Redesigning around GO

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    In addition to the economic, real-estate and quality-of-life benefits year-round GO train service is expected to bring to Niagara Falls when it arrives in 2023, it also provides an opportunity to redevelop the area surrounding the downtown station.

    Denise Landry, a planner with Niagara Region, presented council with an update on the Niagara Falls GO hub and transit station study project Tuesday evening.

    The purpose of the study is to prepare key deliverables for each station area in Niagara, such as the VIA rail station on Bridge Street in downtown Niagara Falls.

    Gates wants province to commit to GO timeline

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Wayne Gates is calling on the province to commit to a timeline to extend GO Train service to Niagara.

    “The inclusion of GO to Niagara in the 2016 Budget was a positive step forward and highlights the hard work done by local mayors, councillors, and our Regional Chair,” the Niagara Falls MPP said. “The expansion of GO Train services to Niagara is not about scoring political points.”

    GO in Niagara gets budget mention

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    GO Transit expansion to Niagara had a notable mention in Thursday’s provincial budget.

    It cited an extension of GO rail service to Niagara and Bowmanville as the “next generation of infrastructure investments” for the province as it works with stakeholders.

    It would also be subject to agreements with freight rail partners.

    St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley hailed the announcement as a very positive next step on the GO file.

    “I’m certainly pleased it was actually mentioned specifically in the budget,” Bradley said. “As our local representatives would know, our minister has indicated in the first half of the year there will be a more specific direction given in this regard.”

    GO train welcomed in Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Those who use the GO train summer service in Niagara Falls are sold on it.

    Some wish it was every day, but for the time being, they appear to be content with both the service and the cost.

    “It’s so nice not having to drive and just be able to jump on the train from your own city and enjoy a day in Toronto,” said Tammy Frakking, who was at the VIA train station on Bridge St., in Niagara Falls with four members of her family early Sunday morning waiting to board the GO train heading to Toronto.

    Take the GO Train to watch tight-rope walk across Niagara Falls

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    From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Canada Finance:

    GO Transit will operate a special event train for passengers to experience a unique tight-rope walk across Niagara Falls. Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross the natural wonder on an 1,800-foot wire on the evening of Friday, June 15.

    GO will run a train from Union Station at 3:30 p.m. to arrive in Niagara Falls at 5:34; events around the Falls are due to begin in the early evening. Following the event, the return trip will leave Niagara Falls at 12:01 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 2:04.

    Tourism sector takes stock at season start

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With new tourism-related services, and the potential for more in the coming years, officials see a bright future for the No. 1 industry in Niagara Falls.

    As the traditional tourism season gets underway in the city, many of those involved in the sector are looking forward to seeing if, or how, the new convention centre will help an industry that has suffered some lean years recently.

    But with the food and wine expo at the convention centre this weekend, an extension to GO rail service, with discussions continuing on a people-mover system and with the potential for a new 7,000-seat entertainment centre bringing A-list stars to the city in a few years, the long-term prospects look good, they say.

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