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NFTA asks for community's input on Metro Rail's expansion project during interactive workshop

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority wants to hear from you about plans to expand the Metro Rail.
Posted: 5:19 PM, Jun 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-12 07:19:55-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority wants to hear from you about plans to expand the Metro Rail.

"There's a purpose and need for the project. So public transit is obviously a viable mode of transportation in our community," said Tom George, Director of Public Transport with the NFTA.

The NFTA shared locations of potential stations during an interactive workshop on Tuesday and wanted feedback from the public.

The project would connect three major Universtiy at Buffalo campuses.

"Both the North, the South and the medical campus. We've got a station right in the medical campus at this point in time, and this allows that connectivity to go through."

The NFTA also presented results of its traffic studies. George said the workshop presented a chance to address both new and existing concerns.

"There's concerns about the traffic and how it functions in the community, the alignment and where the stations are located, and how they may or may not serve different elements of the community, there's also questions about how much noise it would create and how much vibration it would create," he said.

George said the NFTA is looking to complete the environmental study process at the end of the year. After that they can move into the design process.

The workshop was at UB's Hayes Hall in room 403.

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