Project Milestones

December 2020

Traffic and Noise Update

Over the next few months, NFTA will be updating the traffic analysis presented in the January 2020 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to evaluate operations at select un-signalized intersections along the corridor. The inclusion of un-signalized intersections in the traffic analysis is in response to comments received during the DEIS public comment period related to future traffic operations with the Metro Rail Expansion.

In addition, NFTA will be conducting additional noise monitoring and noise modeling analysis to continue to evaluate potential noises impacts related to the Metro Rail Expansion.

October 2020

Project Update

We are pleased to announce that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has accepted the role of lead agency for the Metro Rail Expansion environmental review process. As a likely funder of future phases of this project, having FTA on board is a crucial step forward for the Metro Rail Expansion.

Metro would normally respond to public comments received during review of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and at the public hearing in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). However, because of the change in lead agency and conversion of the environmental review from a state process to a federal/state review, the FEIS will be prepared as part of the federal/state review.

Metro has prepared a stand-alone document to summarize and respond to the substantive comments received during public review of the DEIS and the public hearings. These comments have been considered and Metro's responses will be incorporated into the federal/state environmental review, as appropriate. The Response to Comments document is available for review

March 2020

Comment Period Closed

The comment period for the Metro Rail Expansion Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now closed. The NFTA will incorporate and address comments received from the public, agencies, and stakeholders during the 60-day comment period, as well as the analysis presented in the Draft EIS, to prepare a Final EIS, which is scheduled to be released this summer.

NFTA continues to welcome comments relating to the project, however they will not be part of the official public comment record, nor addressed in the Final EIS.

Feb 2020

Public Hearings

February 25-26, 2020
NFTA conducted two public hearings to collect comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

View the Public Hearing Presentation.

Jan 2020

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Published

The Niagara Frontier Transit Metro System, Inc. (Metro) has published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Metro Rail Expansion and initiated a 60-day public comment period. The Draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects that would result from the Proposed Action.

The public comment period for the Draft EIS will be open until March 24, 2020. Comments may be submitted on this website using the comment form, by email to, or by mail to:

Metro Rail Expansion Project
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
181 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

May 2019

Final Scoping Document

NFTA has incorporated comments from the scoping process and have prepared the Final Scoping Report as part of the NEPA and SEQRA Environmental Impact Statement process. The Final Scoping Report reflects changes made in response to public and agency comments on the Draft Scoping Document. View the Final Scoping Report.

January 2019


NFTA has determined that the proposed Metro Rail Expansion project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. NFTA initiated a Scoping process to allow the public an opportunity to review the draft Scoping document for the preparation of a the DEIS and provide input. A public Scoping meeting was be held on February 12, 2019. View the Scoping meeting materials.

Project News

Locations Close To Public Transit Boost Residential, Commercial Real Estate Values

APTA recently released a THE REAL ESTATE MANTRA "LOCATE NEAR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION" report. The report compares the performance of residential and commercial property sales near fixed-guideway stations with areas without public transit access to those areas where fixed-guideway was implemented and the results to residential sales price performance.

— Read the article

NFTA Rail Expansion Taking Shape

By Fadia Patterson, published December 7, 2018

— Read the full article

The Metro Rail Expansion Project is LIVE!

Stay informed and up-to-date on the project as we progress through the environmental documentation process, coordinate with federal and state agencies, conduct various public outreach efforts, and complete conceptual engineering in order to identify project costs, potential environmental impacts, and how those impacts would be mitigated.

NFTA will be seeking entry into Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts Program for project funding through the Capital Improvement Grant program.

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