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    Redesigning around GO

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    In addition to the economic, real-estate and quality-of-life benefits year-round GO train service is expected to bring to Niagara Falls when it arrives in 2023, it also provides an opportunity to redevelop the area surrounding the downtown station.

    Denise Landry, a planner with Niagara Region, presented council with an update on the Niagara Falls GO hub and transit station study project Tuesday evening.

    The purpose of the study is to prepare key deliverables for each station area in Niagara, such as the VIA rail station on Bridge Street in downtown Niagara Falls.

    $50 million for new people-mover system

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A major transportation project that has been stalled for years got a fresh injection of fuel Monday.

    At a press conference at the Via rail station on Bridge Street, Ontario Deputy Premier George Smitherman announced the province will contribute $25 million toward the development of a new people mover bus system linking the city’s major tourist districts with Niagara Parks Commission properties.

    The money put up by Queen’s Park matches the $25 million pledged by the federal government in 2003.

    Smitherman, who is the provincial energy and infrastructure minister, said the time was right for Queen’s Park to “step up to the plate” as an equal partner with Ottawa on the project.

    “The reality is that until today, the province of Ontario has not been an equal partner with the government of Canada in what is a signature investment here in Niagara Falls,” Smitherman.

    Niagara Helicopters Announces Special Offer for Niagara Falls GO Train Visitors

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    From a PR Web press release seen on Yahoo! News:

    Niagara Helicopters has launched a special offer for their Niagara Falls sightseeing tours when visitors use the new GO Train service from Toronto to Niagara Falls. Effective July 11th, 2009, Niagara Helicopters is happy to offer all riders utilizing the GO Train to Niagara Falls a $23* discount per adult and $12* discount per child (3-11 years). Visitors should simply show a valid GO Train pass to receive this special rate.

    Ruedi Hafen, President and Chief Pilot smiles as he hears that GO Trains will be rolling into the VIA station just around the corner from Niagara Helicopters. “That’s great,” he says, “More people coming to Niagara; less cars on the road…it really is a great idea!”

    GO trains roll into Niagara Saturday

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After years of clamouring to get on the GO train, Niagara finally gets on board Saturday morning, though with 36 hours before the first train’s arrival there aren’t many signs of the debut of a much-anticipated service.

    On Thursday, there weren’t many signs at the Bridge Street station indicating the debut of a new, much-anticipated rail service between Niagara Falls and Toronto. There’s no green-and-white GO logo anywhere to be seen.

    “What you see is what you get, honey,” said a woman working in Via Rail’s ticket counter when asked if there have been many modifications.

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