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.
The NFTA is holding hearings in various locations in the service area. These meetings may be your best opportunity to ensure that catastrophic transit cuts do not occur!
Jan. 30 - ECC North Campus
Bldg. B, Bretschger Hall, Room 401 - 6 p.m.
Jan. 31 - Niagara Falls City Hall
Chambers - 6 p.m.
Feb. 1 - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Auditorium - Noon and 6 p.m.
Feb. 2 - ECC South Campus
Building #5 Cafeteria - 6 p.m.
Buffalo Common Council is holding their own meeting February 1, 2 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers.
By Seth C Triggs
As of 2009 in the United States (and North America), all non-new build light rail systems have expanded except for Metro Rail in Buffalo, New York. Some new build systems such as Seattle's Link Light Rail have already commenced expansion planning and/or construction. Indeed, a large portion of light rail expansion has occurred in the past five years. Due to the somewhat higher costs associated with reserved right-of-ways [see note 1], not as many heavy-rail (rapid transit) systems have expanded.
Despite the advantages of improved transit service, Metro Rail expansion has been hindered by a variety of myths.