Citizens for Regional Transit submitted a letter and comments in support of the NFTA's work on expanding Metro Rail in the Amherst Corridor.
The world is changing in ways that demand a bold new vision for mobility based on clean, reliable public transportation. The 20th century dream of a car in every driveway has become unsustainable. Our cities have been turned into parking lots, our “freeways” are clogged with stop-and-go traffic, our air is polluted with gases and particulates that cause cancer and asthma, and our climate – planet-wide – is changing in ways that increase the frequency of dangerous weather events and threaten our coastlines and economies. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Erie County is not electrical energy generation or industry, but rather transportation (at 40%, primarily from cars). If we expect people to drive less, alternatives must be provided.
Presented by Rachel Maloney, Transportation Planner for the NFTA.
This presentation was delivered at the October 15 CRT meeting by Darren Kempner, manager of Manager, Grants and Government Affairs for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
Theater Station was sacrificed as of February 18, 2013 in order to allow motorists to drive along Main Street. Those using Metro Rail will have to walk another 530 feet (the actual distance between platforms in the same direction is 800 feet) to Fountain Plaza. No bus service will be rerouted to serve northeast-bound riders in the neighborhood.
Attached is a picture of the station's current state as it is going to be demolished.
A gallery exists on our Facebook site as well.