Project Milestones

Jan 2020

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Published

January 24, 2020 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 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, by mail, or in person at a public hearing. During the comment period, NFTA will be conducting two public hearings.

  • Tuesday, February 25 at 5:00 PM at Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road, Amherst, New York 14226
  • Wednesday, February 26 at 1:00 PM at The Screening Room at Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive, Amherst, New York 14226

The Draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects that would result from the Proposed Action..

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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