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.

Ideas


Bus Rapid Transit

BRT is high capacity, lower cost public transportation that has many of the advantages of light rail, without the costs.  This permanent, integrated system uses buses or specialized vehicles, on roadways or dedicated lanes to move passengers.  It offers greater flexibility than rail systems and faster travel times than traditional bus routes.  BRT systems can easily be customized to community needs and incorporate state-of-the-art, low-cost technologies that result in more passengers and less congestion.  Check out this video for more information.




Electric Buses

Not having to cart its own power can make a vehicle considerably more efficient and environmentally friendly. Electric buses have been around for years, running on batteries or catenary systems (overhead wires, not unlike bumper cars). A new generation of induction charged buses is being test in Europe. They get their power from pads in the road.

Light Rail 

Like the current Metro Rail, this public transportation called "fixed mode" because the construction it takes to put it in place.  It can be fixed into current roads, elevated or sent underground.  As the past 30 years of Metro Rail have proved, it is an extremely reliable form of transit with a high passenger capacity.  Did you know Metro has one of the highest passenger concentrations in the nation?




Preferential Bus Service 

With elements of a bus rapid transit system, a preferential service offers an improved service plan, better intersection management and stop organization with less capital investment.  Some systems use signal prioritization, so buses can trigger their own green lights, creating quicker service for passengers.  Dedicating a lane for buses makes service even more efficient.




Enhanced Bus Service 

Buses are versatile.  Routes can be extended, trimmed or sent in new directions without building infrastructure.  By increasing frequencies, altering distances between stops and utilizing different routing, bus service can be tailored to meet the specific needs of a community at specific times. Enhanced buses can offer new passenger amenities like Wi Fi, a feature already being tested at Metro.