Purpose & Need
The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a fast, reliable, safe, and convenient transit ride in the Metro Rail Expansion c orridor, linking established and emerging activity centers along the existing Metro Rail Line in Buffalo with existing and emerging activity centers in Amherst and Tonawanda. The Proposed Action would better serve existing rail and bus riders, attract new transit patrons, improve connections to/from Buffalo, Amherst, and Tonawanda and support redevelopment and other economic development opportunities. Additionally, the Proposed Action would improve livability by increasing mobility and accessibility in communities throughout the Proposed Action corridor. The Proposed Action would:
- Serve increased travel demand generated by new development in downtown Buffalo and Amherst .
- Provide high-quality transit service to and from key activity centers in the Proposed Action c orridor by providing a time-efficient transit option connecting and serving key destinations in the corridor (University at Buffalo campuses, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus , the Buffalo central business district , business parks, the Buffalo waterfront, among others).
- Better serve transit-dependent population segments and improve opportunities for participation of the workforce in the overall regional economy.
- Improve the system operating efficiency of the transit network.
- Support local and regional land use planning and transit-oriented development.
- Provide social benefits from transit investment that supports an array of economic and affordable housing development.
- Help meet the sustainability goals and measures as contained in state, regional, and local plans
- Help relieve parking constraints and capacity issues on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and surrounding downtown area to minimize traffic and parking-related impacts on neighborhoods.
The need for improved transit service has three main components: (1) the need to serve increased travel demand generated by recent, pending, and future development; (2) the need for high-quality service to key activity centers in the study area; and (3) the need to serve better transit-dependent population segments.