BUFFALO (WKBW) For many years, traffic on Main Street in Buffalo had the sound of the iconic Metro Rail. But on Monday, a major step was taken to bring cars back to Main Street downtown.
"We have selected a contractor for our cars sharing Main Street project," Mayor Byron Brown said.
Mark Cerrone Incorporated, based in Niagara Falls will take on the 6.3 million dollar project, tackling the 600 block from Tupper Street all the way to Chippewa.
Taking into account the existing restaurants, shops, and theatres like, along with plenty of room for growth and improvement, the Mayor hopes this big time investment will pay off and then some.
"We think this is going to help us to accelerate the pace of bringing retail back to Main Street in downtown Buffalo," the Mayor said.
Local resident Jevon Gatir agreed.
"If you can park, and go from the theatre to your car without having to worry about the trains and everything, it'll make it better," he said.
The plan to turn the railway into traffic has been a long time in coming, but not everyone believes car traffic is the answer to reviving the area.
"There will be more traffic. More traffic, it'll be harder to get to school, harder to get to the theatres and stuff like that," Janely Font said.
Construction is scheduled to start this september and be completed by fall of next year.