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:

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.