Will Cars Come Back To Main Street Downtown?

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) For more than 25 years, cars have not had access to the part of Main Street that is home to the above ground section of the Metro Rail. A plan is in the works to change all that...and officials from the City of Buffalo got together Monday night with residents to hear their concerns.

Members of Voice Buffalo and Councilman Darius Pridgens office hosted a meeting with city officials. Many of the residents who came out, are concerned that the plan to open Main Street to cars is a plan that is flawed. A major reconstruction of the 700 block was completed a couple of years ago. The plan to return traffic to the part of Main Street that currently is used exclusively by the Metro Rail train, staring with thwe 600 block, will also include a major facelift for that part of Main Street.

But, the new plan would mean the closing of the Theatre District rail stations. People would have to walk from the next station, more than 800 feet away. Officials say they are looking for a way to make it easier for people with mobility issues to get from one block to the next. Once all the final details are ironed out...the 7.5 million dollar project will take about one year to complete.