Transportation

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Canada’s largest city has achieved the dubious recognition of not only being the worst city in the country for commuting, but the sixth worst in the world, even surpassing known commuting nightmares like New York City and Los Angeles.


Buffalo Transit Riders

A group known as Buffalo Transit Riders United is pushing the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to give riders more of a voice in policy decision making.

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Buffalo Place is surveying anyone impacted by downtown transportation and parking issues, in an effort to improve city accessibility.

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As some of Buffalo's difficulties flow across the city line to the suburbs and some of the wealth from the suburbs flows into the city, Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Poloncarz are trumpeting their cooperation on issues like poverty, affordable housing and lead poisoning.

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New York City's subway system handles about 5.7 million riders every weekday, more than 10 times the combined daily ridership of all other public transportation systems in the rest of New York State. But upstate systems face many of the same challenges - plus an added hurdle: getting more state funding at a time when the downstate transit woes get all the attention.

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For at least 20 years, the Buffalo Public Schools system and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority have had what amounts to a handshake deal to carry the city's high school students. However, the district wants better return for its $8 million a year and might look for competitors.

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An initiative that has promoted pedal power throughout the area is celebrating its one year anniversary in Buffalo.

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The only women’s hall of fame for transportation in the world is close by and run by the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum.

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Saying that the nation's infrastructure has been neglected for too long, while the U.S. has spent billions fixing roads and bridges in overseas locations including Iraq and Afghanistan, Congressman Brian Higgins has introduced a trillion-dollar proposal to fix domestic roads, bridges and waterways over the next five years.


National Public Radio

The new state budget includes provisions for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to expand into upstate New York as of this summer.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Not everyone in Buffalo is ready to welcome Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies just yet. Speakers gathered outside the offices of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership to explain why they want state leaders to wait.


Reddy bikeshare

What happens when 200 bicycles are strategically placed at 35 stations throughout Buffalo for people to share?

Thomas O'Neil-White

Against the backdrop of Buffalo’s economic boom, some East Side community leaders are worried about being left out of the city's so-called "renaissance." Crime and high unemployment are still a part of everyday life for many and stakeholders are hoping new development ideas will help reshape their neighborhood. WBFO's Thomas O'Neil-White reports.


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Congressman Brian Higgins reported no update on potential plans for the re-use of Buffalo’s DL&W Terminal as a multi-modal transit hub.

Is Uber coming to Buffalo?

Dec 1, 2015
Jonny Moran

Ride-sharing may finally be on its way back to upstate New York, at least according to an official from a high-profile passenger service.

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As Williamsville drivers clamor for solutions to traffic congestion on Main Street, Congressman Brian Higgins said the State Thruway Authority needs to act.

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There is a new coalition in Buffalo aimed at improving your ride to work. It's called "Go Buffalo Niagara" and its mission is to improve transportation options for commuters in the Buffalo region. 

There has been a big push by the popular ride-sharing service Uber to crack its way into the upstate market. The San Francisco-based company has developed roots in New York City, but is now pushing lawmakers in Albany to expand statewide.

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An estimated 4-point-4 million dollars will be divided among more than a dozen local agencies in Erie and Niagara Counties to improve transportation and mobility for senior citizens and people living with disabilities.

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Drivers who have enjoyed  falling gas prices over the last month should expect more good news at the pump.  Experts say the national average for a gallon of gasoline might fall below $2 dollars by the end of the year.

WNY Drilling Defense

A local anti-fracking group is prodding Governor Andrew Cuomo to impose a statewide ban on the shipment of explosive oils.  Western New York Drilling Defense member Charley Bowman tells WBFO that

Tug-of-war over restoring ridesharing services in region

Jun 17, 2015
Avery Schneider/WBFO News

A group of upstate taxi operators and limousine companies has hired a political heavy-hitter to lobby state lawmakers in a push to ensure that ridesharing services comply with existing regulations.

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Long-debated plans to make improvements at the Thruway's traffic-clogged Williamsville toll barrier are expected to move forward in  the near future.

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Researchers at the University at Buffalo have been awarded funds to continue a program that is working to improve roadways across the country. The $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help researchers collect ‘big data’ that can help deal with a range of transportation issues.