NFTA officials among those hoping 2021 will put travel back on track | Local News | Instant News

With many people waiting for tourism and travel to take off again, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is the main one, while airlines, railways and bus companies ensure that passengers obey the rules. COVID-19 guidelines As far as their mode of transportation allows, as expected, the number of travelers has plummeted in recent months, with Buffalo-Niagara and Niagara Falls international airports among those which have seen declines throughout 2020 and Helen Tederous, director of public affairs for the NFTA, said the low number was expected and it is unlikely to improve – until a major change occurs at the border. “In fact, what is problematic, in addition to the restrictions, is the closure of the Canada-US border …” she said. “If we’re talking about the Niagara Falls airport, that’s 83% of our customers. some challenges. We had a few flights that were a bit fuller than others, but really a marginal increase. So we had an increase, but a slight increase. Officials announced last week that the border would remain closed to essential non-traffic until at least the end of February. Travel to the Niagara Falls airport is down 90%, Tederous said, with Buffalo Niagara down 75 to 85%. Additionally, Spirit Airlines left Niagara Falls International Airport in September, which also played a role in the decline of flyers. Initially there were concerns about meeting established COVID-19 guidelines, Tederous said. found that people follow guidelines as much as possible. At times, they need to provide reminders to people as well as signage telling people to follow these tips. Announcements every 15 minutes about wearing masks have been a constant feature at airfields since the pandemic. For 2021, the NFTA remains cautiously optimistic about how the trips will unfold. “We are definitely hoping for the best,” Tederous said. “Of course we want a sense of balance as we want a community for our passengers to travel safely. We are working with the airlines on the health issues that people have been looking for, these are happier times. We are optimistic that the US-Canadian borders will be open for us and that we will be back to normal as soon as possible. Amtrak hasn’t done much better with passenger service across the country. Service on their Empire Service and Maple Leaf trains saw a 39.6% drop in ridership with 382,846 passengers in 2019 to 231,078 in 2020. Niagara Falls stations saw a sharp decline in ridership from 34,965 to 15983, according to Amtrak officials. with Maple Leaf service come from the reasons that plague local airports, the closure of the border between the United States and Canada since Maple Leaf trains generally cross Ontario before ending at Union Station in Toronto. .

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