Public transportation can ease parking woes
Residents of the Fruit Belt neighborhood want to be able to park in front of their homes. Employees at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus want to be able to park on the street, because it costs less than using the parking ramps provided by their employers. No one wins in this situation. Is there a reasonable compromise that can satisfy the needs of both groups?
Instead of cutting the baby in half, trying to stretch a limited amount of a finite resource, there is another way to approach this issue. Public transportation can be extended and improved as an economical and efficient alternative for many of these employees. According to the American Public Transportation Association, commuting by public transportation can reduce expenses by more than $789 a month. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s current Amherst-Buffalo Corridor study is promising in its potential to add a convenient and affordable ride from the north suburbs to Allentown and downtown Buffalo.
Increased use of public transportation in the area can help to resolve issues like those the residents of the Fruit Belt face. It is critical that alternatives to automobile parking on the campus be rapidly developed and promoted. The Allen-Medical Campus Rail Station, as an example, is an integral part of the campus and should be better leveraged to reduce parking demand.