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While Niagara Scenic Bus Lines is best remembered for its airport shuttle  service between Greater Buffalo International Airport (now Buffalo-Niagara International), the company grew into a major regional line haul carrier as well as charter and tour operator with the 1986 acquisition  of D&F Transit,Inc. its routes, and buses. Here we will take a look at  Niagara Scenic Bus Lines in particular and the Fisher Transportation Group in general.

Niagara Scenic Bus Lines is best remembered for its airport shuttle service between the then Greater Buffalo International Airport and Niagara Falls,NY as well as between Niagara Falls, Ontario and GBIA. In addition, Niagara Scenic operated sightseeing tours in Niagara Falls. Niagara Scenic Bus Lines got into the over the road bus business when they acquired D&F Transit, Inc., its routes, buses, and 48 state charter authority from the Swanson family in 1986. This put Niagara Scenic into the regular route business as well, with a route from Buffalo to Fredonia,Dunkirk, Jamestown and Intermediate points and another route from Buffalo to Rochester via Lockport, Medina, Brockport and intermediate points. This in addition to the airport shuttle service, for which Niagara Scenic was well known.This gave Niagara Scenic a fleet of full size over the road coaches in addition to the minibuses that the company was known for for many years.  Of the 13 highway buses that Niagara Scenic acquired from D&F Transit, only the MC9s were retained. The school bus side of D&F Transit was folded into Fisher Bus Service. In the mid 1990s, Coach USA acquired Niagara Scenic Bus Lines, along with Blue Bird Coach Lines and folded them into Coach USA Western New York. The Buffalo-Jamestown route was sold to Empire Transit Lines, which later became part of the Shortline/Coach USA system, since Empire Transit's Jamestown to Olean route connects with Shortline at that location. The Rochester-Lockport-Buffalo route was dropped. Thus, Niagara Scenic Bus Lines has become yet another fallen flag among bus lines serving Western New York. 

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