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    Hornblower to open new incline railway for 2017

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A dormant incline railway will be given new life by Hornblower Niagara Cruises next summer.

    The boat cruise company will invest about $1.5 million into the former Maid of the Mist Incline, to go with a further $1.5 million in upgrades to elevators and the lower landing where passengers board the catamarans.

    Once completed, the work will allow Hornblower to significantly reduce wait times to ride its boats.

    “With the upgrades…our capacity to put people through increases about a hundred percent,” said Hornblower Niagara general manager Mory DiMaurizio. “We’re set up for success for a number of years.”

    With a more efficient system, Hornblower expects to increase its daily number of cruises. At peak season, it currently offers 48 rides per day.

    Hornblower expects to reach 2.2 million passengers when its 2016 season ends Dec. 4, up from 1.8 million last year and 1.6 million during its first season in 2014.

    Incline Railway Improvements

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    The Niagara Parks Commission is redeveloping the lower level plaza at its Incline Railway.

    NPC plans $600K railway plaza redevelopment

    From the St Catharines Standard:

    The Niagara Parks Commission is redeveloping the lower level plaza at its Incline Railway.

    The $600,000 worth of improvements are intended to create a more welcoming environment for the thousands of visitors entering Niagara Parks each day, according to the commission.

    “It will continue to build on NPC’s efforts to improve the overall accessibility of its sites and attractions, while enhancing the overall experience for all those visiting Niagara Parks,” reads a press release issued by the commission.

    Incline railway idled to spring

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A watermain break last month has left the Niagara Parks Commission’s incline railway out of commission until spring.

    The 48-year-old attraction, which ferries riders up and down between the Table Rock and Fallsview tourist districts, underwent a $7-million renovation in 2013 and NPC general manager John Lohuis, said that without the improvements, the damage could have been worse.

    “In many ways, the hardening on the side of the embankment prevented further damage.”

    NPC incline railway to get new look

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Come the spring, the Niagara Parks Commission’s Incline Railway will have a new look.

    Construction crews have been busy over the past few weeks dismantling the old system, which has been in service for almost five decades.

    “It will be an all season fully accessible system,” said Marcelo Gruosso. “The old system had been in operation since 1966. It has done a terrific job, but its time had come.”

    Niagara Parkway moving west along section above falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The plan has been talked about for years. The goal is to reduce congestion in the area of the Horseshoe Falls.

    The plan calls for the relocation of the Niagara Parkway to the west just south of Table Rock.

    Residents had an opportunity to view the plan, along with two others, when the Niagara Parks Commission held a public information session Wednesday at the Whirlpool Public Golf Course on the Niagara Parkway.

    The other two plans related to the year-round, fully accessible Falls Incline Railway and repairs at Oakes Garden Theatre.

    The relocation of the Niagara Parkway would begin just past what is known as the Bridge Of Flowers at Table Rock and would involve changes to the current parking lot behind the old Canadian Niagara Power building and the area near the Niagara Floral Showhouse.

    “This is a proposal. Right now, we are getting feedback from the public and stakeholders so that then we can make some changes based on some of that feedback and hopefully finalize a plan that we can move forward with,” said Marcelo Gruosso, executive director of engineering and planning for the NPC.

    Council made right choice to get people mover rolling

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s never easy to give up on a dream, but the city has made the right decision in dropping the monorail idea for people mover system for the tourism sector in Niagara democracies. Falls.

    A monorail is something that has been on the minds of city leaders for decades. In fact, a small section of monorail once occupied a short stretch of the escarpment in the Fallsview area near the Horseshoe Falls incline railway. It was to serve as a prototype, but it never captured the imagination of investors and he went the way of the dinosaur.

    Although a monorail has been ruled out, there is still support (and $ 25 million in federal funding) for some type of people mover system.

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