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Public meeting Tuesday on planned Metro Rail extension to Amherst

Learn about plans to extend Metro Rail to Amherst during a public meeting Tuesday hosted by Citizens for Regional Transit.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the panel discussion from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, 742 Delaware Ave.

Scheduled speakers include Rachel Maloney Joyner, a transportation planner at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger and Town of Amherst Planning Director Eric W. Gillert.

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The $1.2 billion proposal would double Metro Rail's 6.4-mile route by extending it from the city line to the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. The panel will address the proposed extension's timeline, route, cost and other factors. The panel will also take questions from the audience.

"Our community must be dedicated to making smart infrastructure decisions in order to fully take advantage of Buffalo’s economic and cultural resurgence," Citizens for Regional Transit said in a news release. "This includes strengthening the connection between Buffalo and its largest suburb. With a population of over 122,000, Amherst should be a key part of the Metro Rail system."

For more information, contact Citizens for Regional Transit President Doug Funke at 691-8528.

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