UB Students Could Lose Metro Rail Access

August 17, 2012 Updated Aug 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM EDT

By John Borsa

August 17, 2012 Updated Aug 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - University at Buffalo junior Landon Chaffee is getting ready for the fall semester.

Since he lives in Allentown, Chaffee is planning to use the Metro Rail to commute to the UB South Campus, where he can grab a free college shuttle to the North Campus.

"It's all free," he said.

"Well, it's supposed to be free."

UB undergraduate students can opt-in to a program to ride the Metro Rail free of charge under an agreement between the university and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

The current agreement is going to expire on Aug. 31, four days after the start of the fall semester.

That means Chaffee will have to pay out of pocket or find another way to get to school if a new deal is not reached.

"Maybe I can find someone to ride with. I might have to pay for a subway pass. It's going to be quite a bit of a bind, you know," Chaffee said.

Both the university and NFTA declined to comment on camera because negotiations are still ongoing. Both sides say they hope to have an agreement in place before the fall semester begins.

"I'm hoping that they come up with a deal and they stop playing politics or whatever it is that they're doing. They think about the students. The students need to get to class," said Chaffee.