For public transit in Buffalo, there are two key items for improvement: an end to the pandemic so people will ride again and a lot more outside money, probably from Washington. Both were discussed at a public meeting Thursday evening.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is doing extensive and expensive planning for extending the Metro Rail deep into Amherst. An active transit-supporter group is suggesting much of that same research could be used to plan another extension, from downtown to Buffalo Niagara International Airport and beyond.
Improving Amtrak passenger train service into and out of this region is almost as important as improving the connecting Metro Rail service. That from a meeting Tuesday night sponsored by Citizens for Regional Transit.
The NFTA is looking at a 1,600-foot extension of the Metro Rail, wrapping around First Niagara Center and running toward Michigan Avenue and the Cobblestone District. It would include a new station along South Park Avenue.
Citizens for Regional Transit unveiled plans for a gondola lift system on Buffalo's waterfront at Hallwalls Monday. Some envision the system as a key part in developing a waterfront that would attract hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Could a system of gondola lifts successfully carry visitors along the city's waterfront? The group Citizens for Regional Transit wants to explore the concept during a public meeting this afternoon at Hallwalls.