Connecting Buffalo-Niagara and the Larger Binational Region with Commuter Rail – What’s Feasible? Where to Start?

Join A Public Discussion On Developing A Rail Connection Between the Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York Area and Toronto

An Invite from Citizens for Regional Transit in Buffalo-Niagara, New York

Posted April 24th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

  • Free and Open to All
    Tuesday, May 1, 2018
    5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
  • First Presbyterian Church
    1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201

Buffalo, New York area Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins is featured speaker at this event.

Buffalo, New York – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) hosts a quarterly meeting featuring Congressman Brian Higgins with panelists Pat Whalen, Director of the Niagara Falls Global Tourism Institute and Bruce Becker, Vice President of the National Association of Rail Passengers.

When looking at a satellite image of the region between Toronto and Buffalo-Niagara, it becomes clear that it’s a contiguously urbanized area; we are part of a binational mega-region.

This linear arrangement of urban centers has a population of nine million people and a combined GDP of $450 billion.

However, this mega-region is lacking one important feature: transit connectivity. With only one Amtrak train per day (in each direction), travel between U.S. cities and Toronto is largely limited to car. This creates recurring traffic congestion – especially at the international bridges and near Toronto. This impeded mobility also restricts economic opportunities.

The good news is that there have already been several steps toward making transit connectivity a reality, such as the opening of the new Niagara Falls, New York Amtrak Station; the planning of the new Buffalo downtown station; and the future extension of commuter rail from Toronto to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Join CRT on Tuesday, May 1 to learn more about plans, challenges, and possibilities for the future of rail connections between Buffalo and Niagara Falls as a first step in linking Western New York to Toronto.

Citizens for R­egional Transit (the Citizens’ Regional Transit Corporation) is committed to creating a broad base of support for the improvement and expansion of bus and rail transit for all citizens of the Niagara Frontier.

For more information on Citizens for Regional Transit in Buffalo-Niagara, New York, visit the group’s website at  http://www.citizenstransit.org/ .

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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