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Extended Metro Rail, bus service offered for downtown New Year's Eve revelers

Metro Rail will offer extended service at 20-minute intervals on Saturday, New Year's Eve for revelers who attending festivities downtown including the annual Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square, activities at Canalside and the First Night Buffalo celebration at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced.

In addition, Metro bus service will be extended on six routes.

Train service is scheduled to run continuously, making stops at all stations at 20 minute intervals. The one exception is what would be the 11:50 p.m. trip on New Year’s Eve from University Station – it will be moved up to 11:40 p.m. to get people to the ball drop by midnight. The last outbound train is set to leave the Erie Canal Harbor Station at 2 a.m. New Year's Day, with the last inbound train leaving University Station at 2:30 a.m.

Due to safety concerns stemming from expected congestion around Roosevelt Square, inbound train service will be suspended after the 11:40 p.m. departure until 12:35 a.m. Outbound service will be suspended from 11:20 p.m. until 12:20 a.m.

Extra one-trip Metro bus service will be offered from the starting point of six routes, leaving at 12:40 a.m. for: #4 Broadway (Carolina & Busti), #5 Niagara-Kenmore (MTC), #12 Utica (Utica Rail Station - Outbound), #14 Abbott (Mohawk & Washington), #20 Elmwood (MTC) and #24 Genesee (Amtrak Station).

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at metro.nfta.com.

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