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New York Power Authority trustees continue support for Discover Niagara Shuttle


Thu, Dec 21st 2017 02:15 pm
Discover Niagara Shuttle
Discover Niagara Shuttle
New York Power Authority trustees last week voted to continue financial support for the area's Discover Niagara Shuttle, a free bus service that carries visitors to 14 tourist destinations along the Niagara River/Niagara Gorge corridor, including the Power Authority's recently enhanced Power Vista Visitors Center.
The announcement of the Power Authority's financial support of $500,000 over a two-year period follows a successful two-year pilot program for the shuttle. The pilot program, also co-sponsored by the Power Authority, showed the shuttle service was used by more than 70,000 riders. The new financial support also follows a recently released study by the National Falls Heritage Area on the economic impact of the Discover Niagara shuttle that demonstrated a large increase in tourist spending in the area as the result of visitors staying longer in the area and visiting the many destinations on the shuttle's route.
"We, at the New York Power Authority, are proud to have played a pivotal role in the two-year pilot program of the Discover Niagara shuttle," NYPA Chairman John R. Koelmel said. "We are pleased that a recent economic impact study highlighted its positive impact on tourism and economic development in Western New York. We are confident the shuttle will better enable visitors to visit all the fun attractions the Niagara area has to offer, including our newly renovated Power Vista visitors center and, hopefully, extend their stay in the region. Therefore, we look forward to seeing the Discover Niagara shuttle program grow with our continued support."
In addition to NYPA's Power Vista, which received a $12 million makeover in 2016, and this year welcomed a record number of visitors, the Discover Niagara shuttle makes stops at Niagara USA Visitors Center, 3rd and Old Falls streets, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls Train Station, Underground Railroad Heritage center, Whirlpool State Park, Castellani Art Museum, Lewiston Center Street business district, Lewiston waterfront, Youngstown village center and Old Fort Niagara.
"The very strong tourist season we experienced this year makes it clear that visitors are hearing the message that Niagara is a great place to visit," NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said. "Thank you to the Niagara Falls Heritage Area for operating the shuttle and to our community partners who have made the shuttle service such an important asset for the community and visitors alike."
The Discover Niagara shuttle fleet is comprised of two trolleys and two smaller buses. They are handicapped-accessible and equipped with bicycle racks and complimentary Wi-Fi. For hours and routes, visit Discover Niagara Shuttle.

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