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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.

    Passengers stranded in Skylon elevator

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A group of 18 passengers were stuck in an elevator for about two hours after it malfunctioned at the Skylon Tower Wednesday night.

    Niagara Falls Fire Chief Jim Boutilier said firefighters were called to the Robinson Street business at around 8:30 p.m.

    Working with elevator technicians and the Skylon’s maintenance staff, about 10 firefighters helped to manually lower the glass-enclosed elevator to the ground. It had stalled near the top of the 775-foot tower.

    Maid of the Mist’s future uncertain

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    The 2011 season for the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Corp. began Wednesday morning.

    But the bigger question is whether this will be the last year that the Niagara Falls, N.Y.-based company will be permitted to run its boats from the U.S. and Canadian shores of the lower Niagara River.

    At issue is a 2008 renewal that the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Corp. signed with the Niagara Parks Commission to continue to pick up and drop off passengers on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Potential competitors cried foul over what they perceived as a no-bid process that saw the pact renewed.

    The issue morphed into a political hot button in Niagara Falls, Ont., with the parks commission ultimately deciding to withdraw the deal and put the tour-boat operations out to bid. The bids were issued last fall, and 18 firms including Maid of the Mist Steamboat Corp. are believed to have responded. The parks commission has declined to formally identify any of the bidders.

    Moses still on meandering detour

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Robert Moses State Parkway, hailed a half-century ago as a marvel of modern highway engineering that would give millions of motorists a new perspective of the Niagara River and its famous falls, may have become a road to oblivion.

    The objective was to provide a fast, efficient and safe way for people to drive rapidly along the river’s edge and enjoy its spectacular views without having to dodge pedestrians or worry about cross-street traffic.

    It was a way to open the river’s vistas to drivers and passengers who otherwise may never have been able to find a place to park, and it was free of charge.

    The idea of a limited-access, scenic parkway with wide, sweeping curves that wound right through the state park at the brink of the American Falls seemed like an idea whose time had come in the mid-20th century. And it was named in honor of the state’s master builder of the time: Robert Moses.

    But a growing chorus of detractors has formed over the last few decades calling for change — and in some cases demolition — of all or some of the parkway, and state officials again are considering what to do about it.

    GO Transit experiment exceeds expectations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More than 43,000 passengers used GO Transit’s “excursion train” to travel between Niagara Falls and Toronto, according to figures released by the provincial transit agency. The summer weekend and holiday service ended on the Thanksgiving holiday Monday, considered the end of the traditional tourism season. There were 833 passengers on Saturday, the start of the three-day weekend. On Sunday, there were 588 and 658 on Thanksgiving.

    In total, 43,646 people used the Niagara-Toronto GO train on 36 service days between June 27 and Oct. 12. It means the average number of passengers per day was 1,212.

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