Free Holiday Passage on Three Niagara Bridges

December 20, 2011 Updated Dec 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM EDT

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Free Holiday Passage on Three Niagara Bridges

December 20, 2011 Updated Dec 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM EDT

Lewiston, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Holiday passage over the Niagara River will again be free for Christmas on the three bridges the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission operates.

The commission announced Tuesday that it will once again offer toll-free travel over the Rainbow, NEXUS-only Whirlpool Rapids and Lewiston-Queenston bridges. The free period runs from 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 until 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. 

“The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s members and employees extend our warmest wishes for a safe and healthy holiday season to the travelers who use our bridges to visit family or friends, or even to work, on these special days,” Patrick Brown, NFBC board chairman, said in a news release. “As we operate three leading international crossings, we are well aware that thousands of travelers cross our bridges during this 24-hour period and we want to offer help and a little break for all who do.”

For the same period in 2010, 4,036 vehicles crossed westbound and took advantage of the waived $3.25 toll. There were also a total of 5,208 eastbound crossings for the period. The free passage also allows many of the organization’s dedicated staff the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with their families and friends.