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    Governments launch the Niagara Falls WEGO system into service

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    From the Government of Canada:

    The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Fort Erie and Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Tourism); His Worship Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls; and Janice Thomson, Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), today marked the launch into service of the Niagara Falls Visitor Transportation System – WEGO. Service officially began on August 20, 2012.

    New tourism buses stall

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    WEGO is a no-go for July.

    The new $50-million visitor transportation system that was expected to hit the roads June 29, won’t be rolling out until mid-August.

    The launch of the bus system, which will replace the Niagara Parks Commission’s People Mover, is being delayed due to issues with computer-based transportation technology.

    “Obviously, we’re disappointed,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati.

    The buses, a mix of 40-foot traditional buses and 60-foot articulated buses, have arrived. But the smart technology equipment still needs to be installed and programmed.

    And away… WEGO!

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The replacement for the aging Peoplemover transit system in Niagara Falls now has a name — WEGO.

    The brand is meant to be a fun pairing of the words “we,” meaning friendship and social activity with “go” to emphasize adventure and exploration. The name was unveiled Thursday in a joint statement by the federal and provincial governments, the Niagara Parks Commission and the City of Niagara Falls. The name was chosen, the statement read, because it easily distinguishes the new Niagara Falls Visitor Transportation System from the conventional municipal system.

    “WEGO is another step forward for improving bus service in Niagara Falls,” said Niagara Falls MP and Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson, speaking on behalf of the federal government. “The new system will be a great benefit to the area; it will support the local economy, provide residents and visitors with greater transit options, reduce traffic congestion and support better air quality.”

    New buses for Niagara Falls VRT system

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A provider has been chosen to supply new buses to the revitalized peoplemover system for the City.

    Niagara Falls Transit and The Niagara Parks Commission jointly placed an order valued at $18 million for a mix of clean-diesel 40-foot Nova LFS and 62-foot articulated LFX buses from the St. Eustache, Que., company.

    “Staff at both organizations are impressed with the contemporary design of Nova buses,” Niagara Falls Transit General Manager, Dave Stuart said. “We feel the interior amenities are attractive and well thought out for customers requiring greater levels of accessibility.”

    The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), meanwhile, has worked with Niagara Falls Transit and The City of Niagara Falls on the establishment of an enhanced Visitor Transportation System for the Park and City that will result in the purchase of new clean-diesel vehicles to replace NPC’s aging and inaccessible peoplemover buses.

    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:

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