NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Once part of a pilot project, the Discover Niagara Shuttle is now getting permanent status, and city leaders in Niagara Falls have announced that the 2019 season is extended until October 19.
This will provide more opportunities for visitors and residents to ride the free shuttle, and it has free wifi.
The shuttle was the idea the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, and started in 2016.
Since then the shuttle's route went from having 14 stops to 17 stops in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, Youngstown and now Lockport.
Ridership increased from 23,813 in the beginning to 28,758 this year.
"It serves to connect people with the great destinations of Niagara Falls, both existing and the new ones that are right in front of us," said Congressman Brian Higgins. "And in the last three years, Niagara Falls has undergone incredible, incredible change."
With the extension news Thursday, city leaders were taken on a driving tour, passing the Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara State Park, and the Main Street Bridge District in the Falls.
Earlier this summer the state approved legislation that would permanently support the shuttle service through a portion of the bed tax, which is collected from visitors to the area through hotel stays.