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Jet boats take to Niagara River for early season

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours launched five jet boats into the Niagara River Tuesday to get prepared for the summer season of taking people into the river rapids. Read More…

WEGO bus service rolls into NOTL

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From Niagara This Week:

Visitors coming to the area now have a way travel between Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake without access to a car.

The Niagara Parks Commission launched a daily summer shuttle service on June 23. The service will travel along the Niagara Parkway from Queenston to Niagara-on-the-Lake. It will be a continuation of the WEGO bus service, launched last summer, that connects tourists and visitors with key tourism areas.

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.

Court decision rendered on WJBT operations in Canada

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From the Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune:

After almost one year of evidence and one year following closing submissions on an appeal filed by the residents in the Village of Queenston challenging a Niagara Escarpment Commission decision that granted a development permit to construct a two-story building on the private dock in Queenston, the minister of natural resources has rendered a decision. The minister found the NEC’s decision to grant the development permit was incorrect.

The Queenston Residents’ Association and the Corporation of St. Saviour (Brock Memorial Church) filed an appeal with the Environment Review Tribunal challenging the Niagara Escarpment Commission’s consent to construct a two-story accessory building on the private Queenston dock, which would have been twice the size of the previously existing building.

TWO NEW PRIMARY INSPECTION LANES ADDED TO THE LEWISTON QUEENSTON BRIDGE TO ALLEVIATE CONGESTION

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This is a press release I received from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission:

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission offers tips on how to avoid peak traffic delays when crossing one of the three international bridges over the Niagara River

LEWISTON, NEW YORK – The Victoria and Memorial Day weekends mark the beginning of the summer travel season which means more travelers will be using the international bridges along the Niagara River. Motorists are encouraged to utilize the various user friendly travel tools offered by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) and follow some basic travel planning steps before departing.

This year, prior to the beginning of the Victoria Day weekend, the NFBC and the Canada Border Service Agency (Customs) are opening two new Primary Inspection Lanes on the Queenston Plaza leading into Canada.  These two new lanes will increase the bridge’s processing capacity by 33%. An additional two lanes will be added in early 2011 to further facilitate the efficient movement of traffic across the Lewiston-Queenston international bridge.

“We are continuing to make every effort to address traffic delays at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and the addition of the two new inspection lanes will certainly assist,” said Dr. Kenneth Loucks, chair, NFBC.  “We are in the final stages of the revitalization of the Queenston Plaza and, once completed in December, the Canadian Border Service Agency will have new state-of-the-art facilities to further reduce wait times.”

To assist with travel plans, the NFBC provides information on traffic conditions at the Whirlpool, Lewiston-Queenston and Rainbow Bridges which may be easily accessed as follows:

  • Niagarafallsbridges.com provides hourly updates on traffic conditions on the Lewiston-Queenston, Whirlpool and Rainbow Bridges, as well as real time photos of the traffic conditions on the Lewiston-Queenston and Rainbow Bridges.
  • Travelers can call the NFBC’s toll-free number that provides hourly updates of traffic conditions on the three bridges.  The number to call is 1-800-715-6722, press 2 for car traffic info.
  • The NFBC offers traffic updates through Twitter. Followers of Twitter.com/NiagaraBridges are notified of changing traffic conditions.  This free service is designed to inform travelers of delay times enabling them to select which NFBC bridge best fits their travel needs.  Since there is a short driving distance between the Lewiston-Queenston and Rainbow bridges, travelers can choose the bridge that offers the least delay time.

There is a misconception that the NFBC’s bridges have long delays during the summer season. It is true that there are generally extended delays during peak travel times such as on long holiday weekends.  However, delays can be minimized even on holiday weekends by scheduling travel plans to avoid peak usage of the bridges.

NEXUS card holders can avoid delays using the Whirlpool Bridge. Since the Whirlpool Bridge is only accessible to NEXUS card holders, travel times over the bridge average less than a minute. NEXUS travelers using the Whirlpool Bridge currently receive a 15% discount on tolls.  For more information visit niagarafallsbridges.com and click on the NEXUS link on the upper right hand corner.

For travelers using US I-190, electronic overhead message signs provide updates on traffic conditions at the various bridges.  Drivers can also tune into 1610 AM on their car radio, which gives traffic conditions at the bridges.

The U.S. and Canada have different laws concerning permitted items and exemption limits.  For a complete list of what is allowed into each county, travelers should visit either www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca (Canada) or www.cbp.gov (U.S). Each site provides a comprehensive list of what is allowed in each country and what items need to be declared at the customs booth.

One of the following forms of identification is required when crossing the border: a passport, passport card, enhanced driving license, Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST), Enhanced Driver’s License, Enhanced Tribal Card, U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders, U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business, Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card or a Form I-872 American Indian Card.

Using the available tools and taking advantage of the benefits of the NEXUS program will provide benefits to all travelers.

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About the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

A Joint Resolution of the 1938 U.S. Congressional Third Session created the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. The Extra Provincial Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario, Canada licenses the NFBC. Canada and the U.S. are equally represented on the NFBC by an eight-member Board of Commissioners.  Initially established to finance, construct and operate the Rainbow Bridge, the Commission proved sufficiently efficient and effective to assume responsibilities for the Whirlpool Rapids (Lower) and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges.  The NFBC builds and maintains all facilities for Customs and Immigration functions on both sides of the international border. The NFBC is self supportive, largely through user fees (tolls) and private-sector tenant leases. NFBC is federally chartered to conduct international commercial financial transactions and issue federal (U.S.) tax-exempt bonds.

HOW TO AVOID THE SUMMER TRAVEL TRAFFIC BLUES

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Here is a press release I received via email from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission:

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HOW TO AVOID THE SUMMER TRAVEL TRAFFIC BLUES

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission offers tips on how to avoid traffic when crossing one of the three international bridges over the Niagara River

LEWISTON, NEW YORK – Summer is fast approaching and travelers will be utilizing the international bridges along the Niagara River in much greater numbers.  Whether it is to shop, visit tourism destinations, vacation, go to the beach, catch a Bernard Shaw play or take a Sunday drive in a neighboring country, to name just a few, travelers that cross one of the bridges between the US and Canada will want to avoid long delays. If prepared, traffic delays can be minimized using the tools provided by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

For some time now, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission has provided information on traffic conditions at the Whirlpool, Lewiston-Queenston and Rainbow Bridges.  Before departing for a trip to either side of the border travelers can visit the organization’s website or call its toll free number to find out traffic patterns at all three bridges.

  • Niagarafallsbridges.com provides hourly updates on traffic conditions on the Lewiston-Queenston, Whirlpool and Rainbow Bridges, as well as real time photos of the traffic conditions on the Lewiston-Queenston and Rainbow Bridges.
  • Travelers planning to travel over one of the three Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s bridges are encouraged to call its toll free number that provides hourly updates of traffic conditions on the three bridges.  The number to call is 1-800-715-6722, press 2 for car traffic info.

The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission also provides exclusive use of the Whirlpool Bridge to travelers with a NEXUS pass.  With travel times over the Whirlpool Bridge averaging less than a minute, NEXUS Pass travelers do not have to worry about traffic when crossing the Niagara River.  In addition, NEXUS travelers using the Whirlpool Bridge currently receive a 28% discount on tolls.  For more information about the NEXUS program please visit niagarafallsbridges.com and click on the NEXUS link on the upper right hand corner.

Representatives from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission also recommend drivers who are traveling on I-190 in the United States who are on route to cross one of the three bridges to view the electronic traffic overhead message signs for current traffic conditions on the various bridges.  The signs operated by NITTEC receive all traffic information from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the signs are updated very regularly.  Drivers can also tune into 1610 AM, Highway Advisory Radio, on their car radio, which gives traffic conditions on the three bridges operated by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

Travelers who cross the border should also be aware that the U.S. and Canada each have different laws dictating what travelers are allowed to cross the border with and what items need to be declared, such as fruits, plants and duty free items.  For a complete list of what is allowed into each county, travelers should visit either www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca (Canada) or www.cbp.gov (U.S) when crossing into the respective countries.  Each site provides a comprehensive list of what is allowed in each country and what items need to be declared at the customs booth.  Knowing this important information will make traveling across the border quicker and will ensure compliance with the laws.

It is also very important for all travelers to know that as of June 1, 2009 travelers entering the U.S. by land, must provide either a passport, passport card, enhanced driving license, Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST), State Issued Enhanced Driver’s License (when available) Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available), U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders, U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business, Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card or a Form I-872 American Indian Card.  Those that don’t have one of these forms of identification may be denied entrance to the U.S.  US Customs recently reported that 90% of travelers already have the required identification documents so long delays are not anticipated. However, using the available tools and taking advantage of the benefits of the NEXUS program will provide benefits to all travelers.

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About the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

A Joint Resolution of the 1938 U.S. Congressional Third Session created the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. The Extra Provincial Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario, Canada licenses the NFBC. Canada and the U.S. are equally represented on the NFBC by an eight-member Board of Commissioners.  Initially established to finance, construct and operate the Rainbow Bridge, the Commission proved sufficiently efficient and effective to assume responsibilities for the Whirlpool Rapids (Lower) and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges.  The NFBC builds and maintains all facilities for Customs and Immigration functions on both sides of the international border. The NFBC is self supportive, largely through user fees (tolls) and private-sector tenant leases. NFBC is federally chartered to conduct international commercial financial transactions and issue federal (U.S.) tax-exempt bonds.

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