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    Border delays concern Niagara Falls councillor

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Wayne Thompson got a first-hand look Sunday at delays being experienced by motorists crossing into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge.

    “They were lined up for two, three blocks back on both sides,” Thomson said. “It was unbelievable.”

    While it took him just 20 minutes to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he faced a 90-minute wait up his return to Canada.

    He said that while he holds a NEXUS card and normally would use the Whirpool Bridge to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was with his grandson, who isn’t a cardholder.

    “We had to drive over the Rainbow Bridge and it was loaded,” he said.

    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.

    Nexus Use on the Rise

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Border crossings in Niagara using Nexus now account for 12% of all bridge traffic according to the local bridge authorities.

    The agencies that manage the four bridges in the region put out a press release Tuesday saying a campaign to get more Nexus users in the first half of 2012 was a success.

    According to traffic data collected from the Lewiston-Queenston, Whirlpool, Rainbow and Peace bridges from January until June, 675,000 crossings were made using Nexus. That’s up from 550,000 over the same time in 2011.

    “These are very positive numbers and it speaks to all the outreach we’ve been doing,” said Matthew Davidson, the director of communications for the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority. “I think it shows there’s a growing appetite for Nexus membership in our region both on the Canadian and American side of the border.”

    New stairway into Niagara Gorge planned near Whirlpool Bridge

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A new stairway will descend into the Niagara Gorge from a scenic overlook near the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge under a plan to enhance trails and viewpoints at three points in Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

    The new stairs will descend about 300 feet to a second overlook above the lower Niagara River, said Edward Alkiewicz, licensing manager for the New York Power Authority.

    “The main focus and feature of this project is to have another spot in the gorge where people can relatively easily — because of the construction of a new trail and stair system—get into the bottom of the gorge,” said Albert J. Nihill, associate landscape architect for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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