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No tickets to ride this trolley

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From the Lockport Journal:

Alice Putnam and her two lady friends from Niagara Falls just wanted to have lunch in Lewiston. And then ride up to Old Fort Niagara to visit Alice’s daughter who works in the gift shop there.

Joyce and Bill Price had walked from Lewiston to Youngstown with their daughter, Rachael, her boyfriend, Chaz Martenstein, and Millie, their baby granddaughter. The family caught the free shuttle in Youngstown and rode it home. Then they planned to have pizza for lunch without worrying about the calories after their six-mile walk.

An Ohio family found the Discover Niagara Shuttle an easy way to get to Old Fort Niagara so their kids could see the fort. “My birthday is coming up,” said Erin Martin of Hopewell, Ohio, traveling with her husband Lee and their two children, Emma, 13, and Charley, 12. “This is my present,” she said of her family’s vacation to the region.

Shuttle ferries visitors from around the world to Niagara’s attractions

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From the Buffalo News:

Outside the arched windows of the Discover Niagara Shuttle, the sights passed by – the Rainbow Bridge, the quaint shops of Lewiston, the Power Vista, a living quilt stitched together by glimpses of the green water of the Niagara River.

Inside the shuttle were people from all over the world.

They gazed at the passing scene, studied the fold-out maps that outlined each stop on the shuttle route, or watched the screen in the front of the car, which played a video loop about the attractions and business partners.

Since urban renewal ripped out the heart of downtown Niagara Falls in the 1970s, tourism experts have faced the challenge of keeping visitors for longer than the hours it takes to see the falls, ride the Maid of the Mist and maybe see the Cave of the Winds.

A Sportsman’s Tale: Did this bass take the fall?

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A fun little story from the Buffalo News:

As a charter captain, I fish the Niagara River a lot – both above and below Niagara Falls.

One thought that goes through everyone’s mind who fishes this mighty river is: How many fish go over the falls … and survive?…

He fought the fish for a few minutes and as I netted it, we could see there was a green tag attached to the back of the fish… I…found out that the bass had been tagged during the Canadian Tire Lake Erie Classic Bass Tournament from October of 2015. According to the tournament director, they tagged and released it in Chippewa Creek – off the Upper Niagara River.

So what accounts for the fish ending up in the lower Niagara? There are two options. It either swam upriver into Lake Erie, took a right and made another right at the Welland Canal, then proceeded to swim the canal to Lake Ontario, take a right and then take another right into the Niagara River, again swimming upriver, or …

It took a short cut and dropped over the falls and ended up just north of Lewiston. I believe it’s the latter.

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Engineering review to start for Robert Moses Parkway

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From the Buffalo News:

A preliminary engineering and environmental review for the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway along the Niagara River Gorge is to begin in May, Assemblyman John D. Ceretto announced Friday.

Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said the New York Power Authority is paying $2 million to fund the work, which Ceretto called “the next step in opening up the Niagara waterfront for development and bringing more business into downtown Niagara Falls.”

Section of parkway set to close, temporarily

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Area residents who frequently use the Robert Moses Parkway between Youngstown and Niagara Falls will find their driving habits changed for the next two months due to roadway work.

Starting at noon Tuesday, the parkway will be closed between the Village of Lewiston and Devil’s Hole State Park until mid-November.

Robert Moses Parkway future to be discussed

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The Parkway Preservation Committee, which is fighting to keep the north section of the Robert Moses Parkway open between Niagara Falls and Lewiston, will hold a brief meeting at 5:30 p.m. today [this was this past Monday] in the Lewiston village board room, 145 N. Fourth St., Lewiston.

Former Lewiston Mayor Richard Soluri said the meeting will be to answer some questions which have arisen following a recent Wild Ones meeting where a City of Niagara Falls-backed plan to turn the parkway into a bike and foot path was discussed.

Are they ever going to figure out what to do with that section of road?

Niagara, beyond the falls

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From the New York Post:

Fame can be a real pain. Take Niagara Falls, for instance. The stuff of legend. Even if you’ve never set foot on the Rainbow Bridge and gazed down on the majesty with your own eyes, you’ve probably got an opinion about the place. You probably think you know it. The tourist traps, the heart-shaped Jacuzzi tubs, a place trading on the faded glory of a time when people couldn’t get further away from home, faster.

Never mind, of course, that we are talking about one of the most impressive natural wonders of the West. Never mind that the falls themselves are merely the famous cherry sitting atop the tasty, tasty sundae that is the Niagara region.

Never mind that this region is one of the most desirable destinations in the Northeast. Really, it is: Sitting between two Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie), the Niagara boasts not one, but two great wine-producing regions (one among Canada’s best; the other a hidden New York State gem), world-class theater and music for months out of the year, plus outstanding little towns like Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lewiston, Youngstown, Queenston, with their great restaurants and cool places to stay.

Even still, to many people, the entire region remains some sort of retro-kitsch joke. Ha ha ha. Niagara Falls.

One one hand, that’s insane. On the other, who cares? Maybe it’s good that too many people’s minds won’t be changed. More room for the rest of us.

Robert Moses Parkway changes appear unlikely anytime soon

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From the Buffalo News:

With the summer tourist season fast approaching, the controversial Robert Moses Parkway between Niagara Falls and Lewiston appears likely to remain unchanged for the immediate future.

The city’s Tourism Advisory Board has endorsed dismantling that section of the parkway, a committee chairman said last week.

But the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the lead agency in planning the parkway’s future, still is gathering ideas and residents’ suggestions for what should be done with the roadway.

The Parsons Group, a consulting company, has been retained to present four alternatives but not a specific recommendation.

Moses Parkway poll supports compromise

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From the Buffalo News:

A significant majority of partisans on both sides of the issue agreed Tuesday that there is hope for a compromise on the future of the Robert Moses Parkway that would please some people but would anger others.

An unscientific poll among 180 people at a meeting in the Earl W. Brydges Public Library showed that 62 percent of them felt a reasonable compromise could be reached somewhere between the extremes of removing the parkway altogether or restoring it to its original concept of a four-lane divided highway along the upper rim of the Niagara River gorge between Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

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