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    ‘It was a never-ending sea of people’

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    From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):

    The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

    “We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”

    Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.

    Hovercraft service a year away

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Hovercraft rides across Lake Ontario are a step closer to becoming a reality.

    St. Catharines city councillors gave the plan their approval in principle Monday night.

    Beamsville resident Bruno Caciagli, who has spent the past two years developing the plan as an alternative to spending hours in traffic gridlock, hopes the first trip will set sail next June.

    The plan, proposed by Caciagli’s company Lake Ontario Express — a consortium of several businesses — would start with a fleet of two hovercraft, each making seven round trips per day carrying commuters between Port Dalhousie and Toronto at a cost of about $25 per trip.

    NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: Bridges at mighty Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Last week marked the 79th anniversary of the collapse of the Upper Steel Arch Bridge (better known as the “Honeymoon” Bridge). Opened in 1898, it was the third of four bridges Read More…

    WFOL sees significant increase in vehicle traffic, donations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Winter Festival of Lights will be heading into its 35th season riding high.

    That’s because the 34th edition, which concludes Tuesday, has seen increases across the board.

    Tina Myers, the event’s executive director, said officials have seen a 12 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 17 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands.

    “As of Jan. 22, we were at 67,596 cars,” she said.

    “We easily get 1,000 during the week and then 1,000 on a Saturday, so we could hit 70,000, it is possible. There’s a lot more that come to the festival as a whole as well.”

    The festival is also popular for tour buses, as 440 have been through the park — compared to 310 last season.

    “It has been fantastic. We can’t believe how high the numbers are,” said Myers.

    Border mayors want feds to resolve bridge delays

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara’s three border mayors plan to write a letter this week calling on the federal government to address the traffic backups that have been a frequent problem at bridges into Canada this summer.

    “We’re all feeling the pain. It’s very frustrating,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, adding counterpart mayors in the U.S. are equally frustrated.

    Diodati said he has heard from people that it has taken them more than an hour to come back to Canada on Niagara’s bridges. He said even at the Whirlpool Bridge, which is a Nexus-only crossing, it took motorists half an hour to come into Canada Saturday.

    Niagara Falls man arrested for possessing explosive chemicals

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    I drive past this hotel every morning and every afternoon as I go to/from work! Some of the hotels on those back streets are kind of “sketchy”.

    From Niagara This Week:

    Police have arrested a 43-year-old Niagara Falls man after unknown chemicals were discovered in a Niagara Falls motel room Monday evening.

    The discovery led to the evacuation of rooms in the motel as well as a nearby house, and the closure of several streets near CJS Inn at 5334 Kitchener Street.

    Within a few hours, all but Slater Avenue were open to through traffic, and by Tuesday evening all streets were re-opened.

    Planning for New Year’s Eve traffic

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After reviewing the 2012 New Year’s Eve Wego bus service, city staff determined revisions should be made to make it easier for people to get in and out of the free concert area at Queen Victoria Park.

    Revisions for this year’s service include adding additional buses, running later and rerouting the buses to avoid bottlenecks in traffic.

    Looking to improve traffic congestion near Rainbow Bridge

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    From the St Catharines Standard:

    It can be a driver’s traffic nightmare – getting to or from the Rainbow Bridge and having to use Falls Ave, Roberts St. or Bender Hill.

    There’s no easy way in or out, and when combined with tourists who might not be sure where they are going, it compounds the problem.

    Niagara Region has looked at this issue and conducted an environmental assessment study to assess alternative ways of improving access from the Rainbow Bridge to the Niagara Falls tourist area.

    Outlet Mall expansion gets go-ahead

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Expansion of the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls received environmental approval Tuesday as the Town Board approved a number of resolutions that clear the way for construction to begin.

    The board, which has been reviewing the site plan and how the expansion will impact traffic, drainage, noise and air quality as well as aesthetics, voted unanimously to allow the work to start. As lead agent in the state environmental quality review process, the board had to substantiate a negative finding on the various impacts.

    Supporting AccessNiagara and the Niagara Falls Blog

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    Note: I am not asking for anything here. I’m just sharing some information.

    Yesterday I received an email that I had received a donation via PayPal. I had totally forgotten I had this setup. A few years ago I setup a page at http://accessniagara.com/donate.php where people could make a donation. I think this is only the second one I’ve ever received.

    Some people wonder how I do what I do. My costs are minimal. I pay for a very basic hosting account. In some ways, you do get what you pay for. The site generally works, but other times it seems quite slow. Considering the price I pay, I’m willing to put up with that for now. The main way that the site is supported is with the Google Ads. I would prefer not to have any, as I really don’t make that much from them, but since I need to pay the bills somehow, I have to leave them. It takes a few months worth of clicks for me to earn enough to get paid. Those payments end up being enough to cover my web hosting bills.

    I also get “paid” in a way because I get into various attractions for free. Since this saves me money, it is definitely one of the “perks” of having the site.

    So, how can you support AccessNiagara and the Niagara Falls Blog? Well, you could donate. If you would prefer not to give money directly, then the best thing is to get the word out about the site. Share links on Facebook, retweet my tweets, post links to relevant pages on forums that you visit, etc. If the site traffic grows, than it will naturally generate more ad clicks, which will earn me a bit more money. Also, as more people visit the site, I have more “leverage” when it comes to contacting the various operators and suggest I come by for a visit.

    Just in case you are worried, I have no plans to end the site. I do what I can, and hope that it continues. I enjoy it, and I enjoy my interactions with the community that has developed.

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