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Spent the day in Niagara-on-the-Lake and saw three buses operating a regular shuttle service there (I believe it is free). The service operates between the bus parking lot and the Courthouse Theater. It is run by 5-0 Transportation using 3 Ford Cutaway Vans. The shuttle operates from the beginning of April to the end of December each year.

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Spent the day in Niagara-on-the-Lake and saw three buses operating a regular shuttle service there (I believe it is free). The service operates between the bus parking lot and the Courthouse Theater. It is run by 5-0 Transportation using 3 Ford Cutaway Vans. The shuttle operates from the beginning of April to the end of December each year.

They also run part of it for Thorold too.

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Bids to provide local transit service (including the Old Town - Fort George "Heritage Shuttle") close December 20th, 2011. The local transit service will connect the Old Town, Virgil and Glendale.

The route would operate between the heritage business district and the Niagara College campus via Mississagua St., Niagara Stone Rd., Taylor Rd. and Glendale Ave. 11 hours per day, six days per week. Fares are proposed to be $3 for a one-way trip that would take 30 minutes.

Read the full article in The Standard (15 November 2011).

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NOTL Transit gets committee nod for bus service

By Suzanne Mason, Special to The Standard

Posted 16 hours ago

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE — A three-year agreement is expected to be signed next week by the town with Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit to provide the municipality's first fixed-route public transit system.

Transit service is supposed to start 01 April 2012.

Read the full article in The Standard (Tuesday 10 January 2012).

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New transit system, route and fares on the table for approval Monday

Six-day service to connect the Old Town, Virgil and Glendale

By Sarah Ferguson

Posted 19 hours ago

Four brand new buses with the Town’s logo have been ordered for the town's transit service set to begin April 2 with a one-way fare that will connect riders to the Old Town, Virgil and Glendale.

The full article is in the Niagara Advance (08 February 2012).

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Excellent news. This should mean not only an increase in mobility for NOTL residents, but should also create an increase in Niagara Region Transit ridership.

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As I said, I'll go and visit them and report back with a fleet list and some ridership numbers. They expect 6-10 riders an hour, which is doable, especially since it does a trip to Niagara College Glendale Campus.

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As I said, I'll go and visit them and report back with a fleet list and some ridership numbers. They expect 6-10 riders an hour, which is doable, especially since it does a trip to Niagara College Glendale Campus.

i might go there as well.......not sure exactly

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As promised, I made the trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake for the first day of revenue service. NOTL has two Ford/Girardin cutaways, with another two arriving on Friday. These buses are numbered TS-01, TS-02, TS-03 and TS-04. 01 and 02 were in service.

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TS-01 was operating on the Heritage Shuttle. The first photo is at the Courthouse, where the two routes meet. The second is in the Fort George parking lot.

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TS-02 was chosen for the long-distance connector route known as Old Town-Glendale. I again got photos at the Courthouse, along with Penner Road and Elden Street in Virgil and Niagara College Glendale Campus. There was one last stop at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre. The drivers here were kind enough to let me do these photostops.

These buses are built to STM specs, down to the Axion LED signs. I'd like to thank David and Matthew Mole, whose company, Niagara Classic Transportation, owns and maintains the buses, for providing the information to me and touring me around the headquarters.

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i got to say they don't look bad especially for cutaways

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It's a good start, but if you're a tourist without a car it's a bit complicated making your way from Toronto to NOTL. Transit will only work on weekdays since Niagara College doesn't get service on weekends. Oherwise you're forced to take a cab to Glendale.

Lakeshore West train to Burlington

GO bus to Fairview Mall St. Catharines

SCTC 9 or 12 to Downtown Terminal

Niagara College shuttle to Glendale campus

NOTL Transit Old Town-Glendale into NOTL.

Niagara Transit can get you there as well from the Stanley Ave. stop on the Niagara-bound GO bus.

Backtrack on the 1 to the Zehrs Plaza

Niagara College shuttle to Glendale campus

NOTL Transit Old Town-Glendale into NOTL.

Either SCTC, NRT, NT or GO Transit (could they throw in a stop at the Glendale campus?) need to provide a better connection or NOTL should extend the route to somewhere a little more convenient for transfers. It's probably a bit much to ask for right now, but it's something they should certainly be considering in the future if the service proves to be a success.

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two of the NOTL Ford E450 Girardin cutaways were at the Pen Centre, TS-03 displaying Old Town and TS-06 which isn't w/c accessible

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100_2471.JPG so i really think there's 6 units for NOTL Transit........?

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It's a good start, but if you're a tourist without a car it's a bit complicated making your way from Toronto to NOTL. Transit will only work on weekdays since Niagara College doesn't get service on weekends. Oherwise you're forced to take a cab to Glendale.

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Either SCTC, NRT, NT or GO Transit (could they throw in a stop at the Glendale campus?) need to provide a better connection or NOTL should extend the route to somewhere a little more convenient for transfers. It's probably a bit much to ask for right now, but it's something they should certainly be considering in the future if the service proves to be a success.

Funny you should mention that...

"Starting on June 23, we will offer a GO Bus shuttle between St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The bus will meet the trains departing from Toronto in St. Catharines and will operate express to downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake; the return shuttle trips will meet Toronto-bound trains in St. Catharines. Check back closer to the date for the schedule."

(from http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/travelling/seasonal.aspx)

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Funny you should mention that...

"Starting on June 23, we will offer a GO Bus shuttle between St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The bus will meet the trains departing from Toronto in St. Catharines and will operate express to downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake; the return shuttle trips will meet Toronto-bound trains in St. Catharines. Check back closer to the date for the schedule."

(from http://www.gotransit...g/seasonal.aspx)

That's great news for NOTL, but the train schedule has been pared back due to competition from Megabus. It still doesn't address the complicated weekday connections between GO, STC and NOTL Transit. Again, the simplest solution would be to add a stop on the Niagara Falls route at the Glendale Campus. I don't know how GO would receive that at the end of the school year when they usually scale back services to universities and colleges. Otherwise, NOTL could extend to the Pen Centre to make transfers a little easier.

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From the St. Catharines Standard: NOTL buses approach 1,000 riders

Aside from the ridership increase there was mention of a regional terminal at Glendale to help facilitate connections between Welland, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls agencies with NOTL and Niagara Region hoping to get in as well. There is additional development anticipated in the area, which will hopefully lead to more regular service.

I'm hoping that there will eventually be a route to connect NOTL to Niagara Falls. At the very least to the bus terminal/train station to provide connections with Niagara Falls Transit, GO Transit and VIA Rail. I'd like to make the trip to NOTL, but it's still a complicated trip to make with all the connections/transfers required from Toronto. It probably seems even more daunting for tourists or people unfamiliar with the area.

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