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, March 13, 2015

Quick Update

Sorry everyone, it’s been a while since our last post. We’ve been hard at work refining and evaluating the 15 alternatives as part of the Tier 2 evaluation.

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?

20 comments:

  1. I feel all the material NFTA is producing seems to be forcing us into a bus option, as if you've already made up your mind. For the loadings on this corridor, and its expected growth, I just don't see it working. Even if a Pittsburgh-esque BRT going all the way downtown was implemented, it probably wouldn't be enough to handle the ridership in just 10-15 years. Also, a one-seat ride to downtown that is QUICKER than driving is highly desired. There will also be significant NIMBY opposition to overcome if any at-grade or elevated solution is chosen. One thing is certain, the current 4 lane highway (Millersport/Grover Cleveland) is insufficient now, and will be more so in the future. Lets build RAPID transit for the future, The future is in speed, volume, and frequency without significantly impacting the character of the town. Rail is the most likely to deliver on all these, especially if it is built underground. It may cost more, but aren't we worth it? Don't we deserve better?

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  2. I woud take a train or subway over a bus any day...buses get stuck in traffic even on a brt I feel that it is time the NFTA Listen to it's customers and residence that it serves. Then again it doesn't even listen to it's own recommendations. the last time a study was done it's own commissioners stated that it would benifit the region if the metro rail was expanded and it even gave the most likely route(s) that should be persued, however the committee of the nfta stated that there wasn't enough support to move forward. It's been 30 plus years since the Metro rail has been open and it's time for a signifigant expansion. Think of this, wouldn't it be nice to go to work when it's -20 degrees out and sit in a pre-warmed train that allows you to go vertually from home to work without being outside for extended periods of time or worse being stuck in a ditch somewhere fighting for your life trying to get out during a Snowvember? EXPAND THE RAIL NOW! it's been long enough!!

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    1. Not to mention the increased noise and fumes from busways.
      The train is nearly silent, doesn't pollute noxious fumes, and is not an eyesore. If it is built grade-separated it doesn't get stuck in traffic.
      Busways (like in Pittsburgh) are terrible eyesores and bring fumes and noise too. It's like putting a highway through your back yard.

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