Project Milestones

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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