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    Despite 8 million tourists, Niagara Falls taxis and liveries fight to survive

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Driving a taxicab in a city that welcomes more than eight million tourists a year might seem like a lucrative business – and that might have been true at one time.

    But today, owners of taxi and livery companies in Niagara Falls are battling over a piece of a shrinking pie.

    Most tourists who come to Niagara Falls arrive either by car or in tour buses, studies have long shown, and have no need for a cab. And many of the major hotels operate shuttles for their guests.

    State and local governments even fund a hop-on, hop-off shuttle that connects downtown Niagara Falls to Fort Niagara in Youngstown, and that hits all of the major stops along the Niagara River.

    And now, since June 29 with the state’s legalization of ride-hailing services, private vehicle owners who sign up with Uber and Lyft have been able to join the competition.

    Niagara Falls asked to contribute $100K for Discover Niagara Shuttle operations

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Support from Niagara Falls could keep the Discover Niagara Shuttle service free to riders.

    In coming weeks, city lawmakers will consider giving up to $100,000 to the Discover Niagara Shuttle, which during the 2016 tourist season ferried 33,000 visitors and locals from Youngstown to Niagara Falls.

    It was free for riders last summer, subsidized entirely by public sector partnerships, and will require another $200,000 to support its second year.

    Top 10: Shuttle service linking area tourist attractions debuts

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    The Niagara Gazette has a Niagara Falls New York related summary of 2016

    For years the local tourist industry operators had stressed the need to connect Niagara Falls State Park and the city within the other area attractions.

    It was finally accomplished this year with the Discover Niagara Shuttle. The inaugural service linked the city, the tourist district and the nation’s oldest state park with 14 sites etween the Niagara Falls State Park and the historic Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

    New Niagara Falls Tourism Shuttle Connects Attractions

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    From ABC News:

    Tourists visiting Niagara Falls will soon have a new way to see the sites.

    The new “Discover Niagara” shuttle service will offer transportation from Niagara Falls State Park to 14 destination sites along the 14-mile route to Old Fort Niagara, located where the Niagara River empties in Lake Ontario.

    The Discover Niagara fleet of vehicles starts running on Thursday and will be free for the first year. There are two trolleys and two small buses that are equipped with bicycle racks.

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