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NFTA drops Falls-Lockport bus service

LOCKPORT – Direct Metro Bus service between Niagara Falls and Lockport will end June 19, as the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is canceling the segment of that route between Sanborn and Lockport. As of June 22, Bus 55, the four-times-daily eastbound bus from Niagara Falls, will go no farther east than the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services facility on Route 31 in Sanborn.

The Sanborn-to-Lockport segment, dubbed Bus 55L, is being dropped “because of extremely low ridership,” NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said Friday. Only 28 passengers were carried during the three-month period from October through December, which works out to an average of about half a rider per day.

“On some days there’s two or three riders. On some days the only person on the bus is the operator,” Hartmayer said, adding that the cost of operating the Sanborn-Lockport segment is $127,133 a year in salaries, fuel and administrative expenses. Dropping the segment “is the fiscally prudent thing to do,” he said.

Two people registered to use the NFTA’s paratransit service along the route have been told their service will be maintained until March 31, Hartmayer added.