NIAGARA FALLS, ON, April 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rob Nicholson,
P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice
and Attorney General of Canada; Kim Craitor, 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, today announced WEGO — the new look and name
of the Niagara Falls Visitor Transportation System.
WEGO is a fun pairing of two words: "WE," communicating friendship and
social activity, and "GO," suggesting adventure and exploration. It was
chosen as the brand name and identity because it easily distinguishes
the Niagara Falls Visitor Transportation System from the conventional
"WEGO is another step forward for improving bus service in Niagara
Falls," said Minister Nicholson. "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."
"The new transportation system will have a positive impact on tourism in
Niagara Falls," said MPP Craitor. "Ontario families and visitors to
Niagara Falls will soon enjoy better and easier access between the
city's tourism district and the Niagara parklands, which will improve
their overall experience."
"The City of Niagara Falls is thrilled to welcome the WEGO Visitor
Transportation System! With the WEGO expansion, visitors have a great
opportunity to park their cars and stay longer in Niagara Falls," said
Mayor Diodati. "Visitors can experience a ride throughout the Falls
with the seamless transportation system. Locals can easily use WEGO to
get to work areas along the WEGO routes, as monthly passes from Niagara
Falls Transit will be honoured on the WEGO system. It will be the
perfect way to enjoy the wonderful amenities the city has to offer. We
are ready to hop on — hope you are, too!"
"We are excited about our partnership with the city and we look forward
to the start of this service," said Ms. Thomson. "The beginning of the
WEGO service helps us realize a long sought-after community and Parks
goal — a more modern, integrated and fully accessible transportation
system that will benefit and provide better service to all those who
visit Niagara Parks and our destination."
The WEGO name and brand identity were created by Kramer Design
Associates (KDA), the award-winning design firm with extensive
experience delivering unique, comprehensive identity programs for the
tourist, leisure and transportation markets.
In addition to announcing the WEGO brand, the City of Niagara Falls is
currently taking delivery of the new buses for the WEGO Visitor
Transportation System. The buses are being manufactured by Nova Bus in
Saint-Eustache, Quebec, and will be delivered in phases over the coming
weeks. The clean diesel buses will be fitted with the latest in
intelligent transportation technology, featuring on-board screens,
computer-aided dispatch/automatic vehicle locators, automated passenger
counters, next stop display and announcements, transit signal priority
and real-time information on the Web.
When the WEGO system is launched on June 29, 2012, 27 buses will go into
service; eight existing Peoplemover stations will be upgraded; new
pick-up and drop-off points will be established; a storage and
maintenance facility will be constructed; and infrastructure
improvements will be made along the Niagara River Parkway and Victoria
The total cost of the WEGO Visitor Transportation System is $50 million.
The Government of Canada will contribute up to $25 million. The Government of Ontario will contribute $25 million.
Economic Action Plan 2012 focuses on creating new opportunities for jobs
and growth, and securing long-term prosperity for Canadians. Investing
in public infrastructure is an important part of this strategy. Thanks
to the Government of Canada's leadership, and our strong economic and
financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the
global recession better than most other industrialized countries.
Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery
with more than 690,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. Find out
more about the opportunities in Economic Action Plan 2012 at www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html.
These projects also support Building Together, the Government of
Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew
the province's roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and
post-secondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Ontario has
invested over $75 billion in infrastructure since 2003. Planned
investment for 2012-2013 is $12.9 billion. Building modern, efficient
infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each
year, on average, making Ontario's economy more productive and
improving quality of life, now and in the future.
Image with caption: "Branding of new Niagara Falls Visitor Transportation System - WEGO - revealed (CNW Group/Transport Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120405_C3665_PHOTO_EN_12034.jpg
SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Office of Kim Craitor, MPP
Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Fort Erie
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism,
Culture and Sport (Tourism)
Mayor, City of Niagara Falls
905-356-7521, extension 4201
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Tony Baldinelli, Acting Director
Communications, Marketing and Stakeholder Relations
The Niagara Parks Commission
905-356-2241, extension 220
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