Quarterly Meeting To Explore Options for a New Multimodal Transportation Station in Downtown Buffalo
An Invite from Doug Funke, President of Citizens for Regional Transit
Free and Open to All Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. at United Way 742 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo
Buffalo, New York – On Wednesday October 19th, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., Bruce Becker (National Association of Railroad Passengers), Dan Leonard (Buffalo Niagara Partnership), and Tom DeSantis (City of Niagara Falls) will spotlight the need for Buffalo to have a modern inter-modal train station in the heart of downtown. Mayor Paul Dyster (City of Niagara Falls) will provide introductory remarks.
Consider looking for parking for the Sabres game and then walking a mile in the freezing cold. Remember worrying about the kids getting a ride from Canalside from someone who may have been drinking? As beautiful as Buffalo is becoming, our train station is smaller than a Tim Horton’s. It has no decent signage, no intermodal accessibility and is hardly ever actually open. With the recent indefinite closure of the Exchange Street Station, now is the time to consider our future options.
Imagine Buffalo reclaiming its place among the great cities of the U.S. with a downtown intermodal train station, an iconic hub for trains, buses, light rail and bicycles. Imagine a seamless transit point taking you to Niagara Falls, the airport and maybe even to the Central Terminal for a high speed rail connection to NYC, Chicago and beyond.
Mayors and Governors from Rochester, NY, to Raleigh, NC, recognize that as their economies grow, so will traffic. Here in Buffalo, there are signs everywhere, from the Medical Campus and its parking problems in the Fruitbelt to the ever lengthening commute from the South Towns. Every day, buildings are going up on the skyline, and with that will come people, in their cars, that will fill them.
An intermodal train station downtown offers the opportunity to reimagine the public space as a landmark hub that will ensure the sustainability of Buffalo’s renaissance by leveling the cost of transportation and widening economic opportunity for everybody.
For more on Citizens for Regional Transit, visit the group’s website at – http://www.citizenstransit.org/ .
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