Metro Rail offers cure to med campus parking problems

Oct 21, 2013

UB has started the mammoth $375 million project to build its new medical school at Main and Allen, a  plan that will see Metro Rail trains running through the basement during all three years of construction.

During the planning and bargaining with the NFTA over the site of Allen-Hospital Station being used as part of the med school site, the authority told planners the trains had to keep running.

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When the complex is completed those boarding trains and getting off will come to street level inside the medical school. The actual tunnels and trains are under Main Street, not directly under the station.

"We're just excited that our station will be integrated," said NFTA Public Affairs Director Doug Hartmayer.

 "The UB Medical School will bring thousands of people down via Metro Bus and Rail to that medical corridor because of this infusion of progress into the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and that corridor."

Hartmayer says Metro Bus and Metro Rail are important in helping those who don't want to struggle with the difficult parking situation on the medical campus. He says that will increase in the future as even more people come for jobs and health care.