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Advocates seek extension of GO Trains into USA


With Ontario's GO Trains network extended to Niagara Falls, Ontario year-round, talk of a 100-yard extension beyond the train station across the Whirlpool Bridge and into the Amtrak station in Niagara Falls, New York is front and center.

"It would facilitate people crossing the bridge for daily excursions for people from Buffalo wanting to go to Toronto, Toronto wanting to go to Buffalo, tourists who are interested in visiting destination on both sides," said Paul Dyster, mayor of Niagara Falls, New York.

The new train station in Dyster's city was built with extensive space for U.S. Customs but could be used for Canadian Customs if those officers crossed the bridge to check passengers.

"There are precedents with Shared Border Management at other locations, including the Peace Bridge, " Dyster pointed out.

While Dyster is clearly excited about the prospect, he's aware of the work ahead.

"There are some adjustments that we have to make. For example, the Nexus bridge crossing at Whirlpool is not open early enough in the morning to catch the train by crossing the Nexus bridge."

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.