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    Information on WEGO transportation system (People Mover replacement)

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    As a frequent visitor to Niagara Falls, I was lucky enough to take advantage with the People Movers Bus Line operated by the Niagara Parks Commission. On 8-13-12 The WEGO Bus line took over for the People Movers bringing transportation in Niagara Falls to a more current and highly functioning operation not to mention a larger travel area. Please check out a little information about the WEGO Bus line.

    WEGO connects you to Niagara Falls accommodations and the tourist areas. WEGO is part of a partnership between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission. To provide bus service to visiting tourist. WEGO delivers people’s connections between tourist attractions within the city and Niagara Parks, helping you to experience all that Niagara Falls has to offer. WEGO is fully accessible and will operate year-round, giving easy, convenient service to travelers from around the globe who visit Niagara Falls. At Niagara Parks, WEGO  replaces the familiar fleet of People mover buses which have operated seasonally for over 26 years.

    WEGO features four different bus lines that all meet in Niagara Parks at Table Rock next to the Horseshoe Falls. This is the main transfer hub from the Blue, Red and Purple lines serving the city tourist areas, to the Green line that runs through Niagara Parks.

    The Four Lines are:

    Green Line – Niagara Parks

    Blue Line – Fallsview, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill

    Red Line – Lundy’s Lane

    Purple Line – Downtown Queen Street

    WEGO operates daily from as early as 9 a.m. to as late as 1 a.m., April through October. A WEGO bus will arrive at most stops every 20 to 30 minutes. Modified service will be offered November through March.

    Fares

    2012 Retail Pricing

    Until October 24:

    24-Hour Pass – Adults $7.00 and Kids $4.00

    48-Hour Pass – Adults $11.50 and Kids $8.00

    October 25 to April 14

    Ride the Second Day Free – Adults $7.00 and Kids $4.00

    Adults = 13+ Years

    Kids = 6-12 Years

    Kids under 6 Ride Free

    Purchase your WEGO Pass at the following locations:

    Campark Campground 9387 Lundy’s Lane 905-358-3873

    Comfort Inn Fallsview 6645 Fallsview Boulevard 905-358-9353

    DO Niagara/Nightmares Fear Factory 5631 Victoria Avenue 905-357-3327

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Fallsview 6700 Fallsview Boulevard 1-800-420-6980

    Falls Convenience 5613 Victoria Avenue 905-356-6103

    Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls 5905 Victoria Avenue 905-357-4040

    KOA Campground 8625 Lundy’s Lane 905-354-6472

    Niagara Falls Inter-City Bus Terminal 4555 Erie Avenue 905-357-2133

    Niagara Falls Tourism 5400 Robinson Street 905-356-6061

    Niagara Information Centre 5615 Stanley Avenue 905-941-1970

    Reg’s Candy Kitchen Rainbow Bridge Plaza 905-356-4229

    Scotiabank Convention Centre 6815 Stanley Avenue 905-357-6222

    Souvenir City 4199 River Road 1-866-344-0985

    Super 8 North of the Falls 4009 River Road 905-356-0131

    Tourism Excellence Niagara 424 South Service Road, Grimsby 1-800-263-2988

    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.

    “The ultimate Niagara Falls experience” from DoubleTree Fallsview and Niagara Parks

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    Last week I received the latest information from the DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls:

    Referenced as “the ultimate Niagara Falls experience” – DoubleTree Fallsview and Niagara Parks offering a two night package with great attractions this summer.

    Package includes two nights accommodations in selected room type, full breakfast, $50 dinner voucher for Buchanans Chophouse and Niagara Parks Adventure Passes including attraction admissions to Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, Maid of the Mist, Whitewater Walk and two day People Mover Transportation.  From $174 night (couples), $224 night (families) offer runs May 1 – October 16th.  Visit us on-line to book today at:  www.niagarafallsdoubletree.com

    New on the new Visitor Transportation System

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    The big news today is that the proposed replacement system for the People Mover system has been approved. The new Visitor Transportation System will shuttle guests to a lot of places around the tourist area and downtown. Here are some links to stories with the details:

    Believe it or not: There really does seem to be a deal on $50-million people mover for Niagara Falls

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    Niagara Falls council went behind closed doors late Tuesday afternoon for a special meeting to receive an update on the status of the people-mover project – the $50-million transit system for tourists that is being developed in partnership with the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said Tuesday night announcement of the details is imminent and that the two sides are “down to the brass-tacks now.”

    Ontario tourism minister didn’t force people-mover deal on Parks Commission: Niagara Falls MPP

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    A pending deal between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission to create a new people-mover bus system to service the millions of visitors to the Honeymoon Capital each year was no shotgun wedding.

    While Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor acknowledges he and Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan were asked to help resolve an impasse in negotiations between the parties in recent weeks, the minister did not force a deal on the provincial agency, whose chairwoman Fay Booker continues to raise concerns about the impact the new system could have on Niagara Parks’ revenue stream.

    “No – I don’t think that’s true,” said Craitor, when asked if the ministry put pressure on Booker and the commission to get the deal done.

    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.

    ‘It feels more like a park than a Parkway’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The inaugural Car-Free Day on the Niagara Parkway wasn’t free of suggestions from both tourists and locals who want to see the event evolve from its humble beginnings Sunday.

    “This is awesome,” said Mike Sherman, a cyclist from Montreal who was riding down the empty Parkway toward the Horseshoe Falls with fellow Montrealer Jen Zwarych.

    “I think it’s great,” Zwarych said, adding it was their first time in Niagara Falls. “It’s a little empty though. We’ve never been here with the cars, but if the cars are louder than the falls it would definitely make it less cool.”

    For the first time ever, the Niagara Parks Commission on Sunday shut down the Niagara Parkway to vehicle traffic, except the NPC’s people-mover buses.

    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.

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