Linking communities and our future . . .
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and its partners have embarked on a study of public transportation options for the corridor connecting Buffalo and Amherst. This could include an extension of Metro Rail, improvements to current bus service or something else altogether, like bus rapid transit. We do not know where the study is headed. We do know that together we can make getting around the region safer, more environmentally friendly and cost effective. So join us. The discussion starts here and now.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Join us on October 15, 5 to 7 p.m. to learn more about the study and to provide your input on which alternative should move forward.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tier 2 Screening Results
Tech Memo Revising the Recommendation
Friday, August 14, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A very sincere thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the meetings, review the project materials and provide us with your thoughtful comments! We are quickly moving forward towards a Locally Preferred Alternative and want to encourage you to continue to stay engaged.
We went from this:
- LRT is the preferred mode over BRT
- Most commenters who favor LRT also favor the Niagara Falls Blvd. alignment - citing more opportunities for Transit Oriented Development as one of those reasons
- LRT is perceived to have a faster travel time, fewer environmental impacts and more convenient with a one seat ride
- BRT is perceived to be too slow, especially in mixed traffic
- BRT alternatives moving forward should also have the technical feasibility to support an LRT investment in the future
- Consideration should be given for project phasing
- Connectivity to existing bus system, pedestrian and bicycle amenities is important
- Important to improve transit service for the community, especially for the transit dependent populations
- Bailey Avenue Considerations -
- Constrained right-of-way - BRT would operate in mixed traffic
- Limited set backs and high impacts to private property
- Similar ridership capture area as the Niagara Falls Blvd. alternatives
- Greater impacts to residential (North Bailey)
- No additional ridership benefits
- Millersport Highway Considerations -
- BRT alignment meets the condition to support future consideration of LRT
- Provides the shortest travel time
- Provides a more equitable balance of modes
- More detailed definition of the remaining alternatives including additional engineering
- Capital cost estimates
- Operating service plan for each alternative
- Development of operating and maintenance costs
- Refined ridership forecasts
- Cost effectiveness (cost per rider)
- Land use and economic development analysis
- Evaluation of community and environmental effects
- Financial feasibility plan with financing options
Friday, June 26, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
This evening is our public open house at UB Allen Hall. Stop in anytime from 4-8pm to learn about the 4 recommended alternatives and provide your input.
Here's a teaser - we're looking at LRT on Niagara Falls Blvd. and BRT on Niagara Falls Blvd., Bailey Ave., and Millersport Highway.
If you can't make it tonight but want to be able to provide comments, no worries. We're having another meeting on June 23rd from 6-8pm at the Museum of disABILITY History.
You can also leave your feedback here.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Remember, Tier 2 will look at order of magnitude capital costs, forecasted ridership and right-of-way impacts. The result will be a handful of alternatives to evaluate in even more detail in Tier 3. We’re pretty close to wrapping up Tier 2 and will likely have a presentation for you in June.
In the meantime, since we’re still not sure about the mode, here's an article that summarizes a couple of studies about LRT and BRT. What’s your opinion?