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Old July 10th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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BUFFALO | Public Transport

Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York State with a population of about 261,000. Located on Lake Erie at the US-Canada border, Buffalo at one time had 580,000 people (in 1950) but has since shrunk in population due to declining manufacturing, white flight and suburban sprawl. In the mid-1980s, a rather unusual rail line was built in the city.

The Metro Rail runs as a streetcar in downtown (on a pedestrian street on which no cars are allowed) and then as a deep underground metro in the northern half of town. There are high-level platforms on the underground portion and mixed platforms on the surface portion. The front door on the surface portion lines up with the high-level platform, which is connected by ramps with the street to allow handicap access. On the low-level platform, little stairs come out of the exterior of the tram allowing passengers to step off onto the street. The stairs recede into the train when the doors close.

Metro Rail runs on and under Main Street, the main north-south thoroughfare through Buffalo. At the northern end is the campus of SUNY-Buffalo; on the south end is HSBC Arena, where the Buffalo Sabres play. The southernmost station is only served for special events such as NHL hockey games; at other times, trains only go to Erie Canal Harbor. The train also passes right through One HSBC Center, Buffalo's tallest building.

Various expansion plans have been proposed for Metro Rail. Nothing is expected to be built anytime soon.



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Old July 10th, 2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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Hopefully the line is someday turned into a system.
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Old July 12th, 2011, 01:23 AM   #3
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Hopefully the line is someday turned into a system.
That might be nice.

But consider Buffalo's lucky just to have this one line system.

It's probably the smallest city in the US with a subway.

And with the whole area in decline, there's not much justification for expansion.

Anyway, good pictures of this rarely photographed system!
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Old July 14th, 2011, 06:52 AM   #4
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From those pictures, the system seems a little dead in terms of passengers. What is the daily ridership?
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Old July 14th, 2011, 12:12 PM   #5
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From those pictures, the system seems a little dead in terms of passengers. What is the daily ridership?
I think it's about 18,000 daily.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 01:15 AM   #6
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Theater station closed on 18 Feb 2013. New map:



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http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/buffalo...a-metro-to-run

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Final day for NFTA Metro to run
Updated: Sunday, 17 Feb 2013, 7:40 PM EST
Published : Sunday, 17 Feb 2013, 7:15 PM EST

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - After Sunday, the NFTA Metro Rail's Theater Station will be shutdown for good. It is expected to be taken out as the city continues work on the 600 block of Main Street to return vehicle traffic.

On Thursday, February 14th, the citizens for Regional Transit put up flowers as a memorial for the transportation system.

Citizen for Regional Transit Seth Triggs said, "We felt that this was really something that is a bad idea to the community. It's certainly a bad idea for transit riders.

Sunday's Sabres game brought plenty of traffic to the station. One rider said it will be an inconvenience not having it with the Fountain Plaza Station being 700-800 feet away.

Mike Haworth who used the station during Sabres games said, "When it is really cold out, absolutely, this is very convenient and not just for me. But, I don't understand why in the middle of the Theater District when people use this to go to the theater. It doesn't make any sense to me."

Businesses are welcoming the change and the addition of the car traffic. Empty spaces are being filled on both 500 and 600 blocks in anticipation of the new traffic.

Bea Militello from Bijou Grille said, "Right now a lot of the out-of-towners can't drive down Main Street so they don't know we exist. I think it will be a good thing for all of downtown because we have a lot to be proud of on this end."

Some people like Triggs feel that additional traffic to the area would have happened if more businesses moved in even without car access. He says, "We really had not encouraged people to live downtown for many years. Apartment units were removed from downtown and neighborhoods were separated from downtown by expressways and urban renewal projects. Now that we are doing that, you are seeing more people downtown."
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I think the buffalo subway is a kind of light rail...
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Seems like such an odd setup. It's common for metro and LRT lines to run underground in the city center or other high density areas, then emerging once past them. But this is the only service I can think of that does the opposite.
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In north America it's pretty normal, that in the city center the LRTs go overground on street level, with mixed traffic, but outside, in suburbs have often its own corridors without any crossings. This is really odd. I.e. Calgary, Portland, SLC, Denver, Mineapolis and many others.
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From those pictures, the system seems a little dead in terms of passengers. What is the daily ridership?
In 2012 the daily ridership was 25,000 per day making the system the third highest ridership per mile in the US
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there is serious talk now of extending it to the Amherst campus
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Old June 24th, 2013, 05:26 PM   #12
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there is serious talk now of extending it to the Amherst campus
Would be nice. If I recall correctly this extension along with a branch from La Salle and another further south was seen as the base-network. From pictures station-layout reminds me a little of german Stadtbahn-stations in the 70s and 80s which was popular in the USA at that time.

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Old June 27th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #13
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the lasalle spur was for an extension to the tonawandas using an old railway right of way, the extension to Amherst would be from south campus station.
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The surface portion downtown:

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NFTA Metro 121 Crossover by ironmike9, on Flickr

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NFTA LRV 121 by ironmike9, on Flickr

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Had no clue Buffalo had a metro system. Great!
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All undergroundstations look very ugly.
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Special Events Station by Roadgeek Adam, on Flickr

Erie Canal Harbor Station by Roadgeek Adam, on Flickr

Seneca Street Station by Roadgeek Adam, on Flickr

Church Street Station by Roadgeek Adam, on Flickr

Fountain Plaza Station by Roadgeek Adam, on Flickr
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Nice! Finally some fresh pics from Buffalo!
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Yes there looking very bad

Is a trip to Bufalo recommandend?
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