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At one time, Niagara Transit operated at least one GM Articulated back in the late 1990's IIRC. Possibly more than one? I have seen a photo of one of them, but don't seem to have it anymore. Does anyone on this board by chance have a photo of one of the Niagara Transit GM Articulated coaches that they could share? I don't remember the fleet number off hand. Edit: I was sure it was painted in NT colors??!

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At one time, Niagara Transit operated at least one GM Articulated back in the late 1990's IIRC. Possibly more than one? I have seen a photo of one of them, but don't seem to have it anymore. Does anyone on this board by chance have a photo of one of the Niagara Transit GM Articulated coaches that they could share? I don't remember the fleet number off hand. It was in fact painted in NT colors as well BTW.

Niagara Transit operated 3 GMC articulated buses, on lease from the Hamilton Street Railway in the late 1990's for use on the Casino Associates Shuttle. All three buses received NT logos and numbers, but were not repainted. The NT numbers were 9748, 9749 and 9750 which were HSR 8210, 8212 and 8214.

Initially the buses were agreed to be on a long term lease, however the HSR experienced problems with the CNG tanks on their 9100 series of buses, which were all pulled from service for a short period of time. When all of the 9100's were pulled from service, HSR recalled the lease and the artics only operated in Niagara Falls for less than two months.

I will see if I can dig up a photo of one of the Niagara Transit artics.

Kevin

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And I take it that they had a ad on the sides saying "I`M THE NTC TIGER"?

8215 (Leased to Guelph) had an ad saying "I`M THE GTC TIGER.

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Does anyone know if any other Orion V's have been retired besides #9040 ?? Thanks!

Just coach 40 is sitting out back

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Just coach 40 is sitting out back

Ok, that's the one I saw last month when I was there. The MCI that's beside it, is it the same one that was there in May 2008 as well? Cause if it is, it's been turned around. Or has one been hauled away for scrap and another one been retired?

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Ok, that's the one I saw last month when I was there. The MCI that's beside it, is it the same one that was there in May 2008 as well? Cause if it is, it's been turned around. Or has one been hauled away for scrap and another one been retired?

Only Classic out back is Coach 33..same one thats been there for awhile...no other Classic's have been retired as of yet.

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Awesome! They're needed 'cuz they get crowded all the time with gamblers. Niagara Falls is like Las Vegas, Canadian-style.

Not as much as before!

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yaa hasn't seem to be as many people at the casino now-a-days but now with the dollar at 81cents who knows

You have Seneca Casino down across the border, which leaves alot of attendance down. Then, you have casino that runs shuttle back then but it was having problems due to many people were getting off in between. So that terminates it and Fallsview Casino has parking space after it was build.

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I'm working on a simple guide to help out-of-towners use Niagara Transit.

When a train rolls up to the VIA station (including GO Transit on weekends this summer) or an intercity coach arrives at the downtown bus terminal, how easy is it for visitors to find out about Niagara Transit? I recall the Falls Shuttle stop is not really designed to attract the attention of tourists. Once you figure out what/where it is, you could ask the driver for information -- that is, if the bus is at the stop and if you speak English well enough.

Are there user-friendly posters or pamphlets in the train and bus stations describing how to get a day pass, and is the Shuttle schedule posted somewhere? Are Niagara Transit system maps easy to find in either station?

What about posted People Mover info? If someone were to walk to the nearest People Mover stop (White Water Walk, it seems) where would they buy a day pass? http://www.niagaraparks.com/nfgg/peoplemover.php does not seem to say...

The official Niagara Transit site is not too clear on buying a day pass -- unless you download the (2008) Falls Shuttle PDF. Does the day pass cover all Niagara Transit routes or just the Falls Shuttle?

http://www.niagarafalls.ca/city_hall/depar...ansit/index.asp

Photo from 2007... File:Falls_shuttle_sign.jpg

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fal...huttle_sign.jpg

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I'm working on a simple guide to help out-of-towners use Niagara Transit.

When a train rolls up to the VIA station (including GO Transit on weekends this summer) or an intercity coach arrives at the downtown bus terminal, how easy is it for visitors to find out about Niagara Transit? I recall the Falls Shuttle stop is not really designed to attract the attention of tourists. Once you figure out what/where it is, you could ask the driver for information -- that is, if the bus is at the stop and if you speak English well enough.

Are there user-friendly posters or pamphlets in the train and bus stations describing how to get a day pass, and is the Shuttle schedule posted somewhere? Are Niagara Transit system maps easy to find in either station?

What about posted People Mover info? If someone were to walk to the nearest People Mover stop (White Water Walk, it seems) where would they buy a day pass? http://www.niagaraparks.com/nfgg/peoplemover.php does not seem to say...

The official Niagara Transit site is not too clear on buying a day pass -- unless you download the (2008) Falls Shuttle PDF. Does the day pass cover all Niagara Transit routes or just the Falls Shuttle?

http://www.niagarafalls.ca/city_hall/depar...ansit/index.asp

Photo from 2007... File:Falls_shuttle_sign.jpg

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fal...huttle_sign.jpg

From my experience, I got my information from the Niagara Transit Website and Niagara Parks Commission Website. I also got a Niagara Transit route map from the garage adjacent to the bus terminal. The first time I took the bus to Niagara, I took one of Niagara Transit's regular routes to Clifton Hill. I don't recall the Falls Shuttle stop standing out or have obvious directions leading to it. As for the VIA station, I was there a few weeks ago, but didn't notice any Niagara Transit information as I knew where I was going at that time.

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This is not just a problem in Niagara Falls but in most Canadian cities.

You arrive in town on one mode of public transportation and want to get somewhere. Usually the mode you need, except for a taxi, is at least a few blocks away unless there is an urban bus stop near by, which most out of towners will not know about. One must ask someone, hopefully a local who is knowledgable (that is taking a leap) because in most locales it is the out of town folks who are in the majority at those locations and the business people with outlets are busy or the traveler is afraid to ask.

What is needed is inter modal public transit connection points or public transit transfer points to be associated at the major points of the various public transit modes - interurban bus/rail/local transit/transfer to airport trying to work with each other to serve the public.

Why is it that the train, public transit and bus depots all seem to be two or three blocks if not further apart from each other?

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