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RAPID RAIL COULD CARRY FALLS TOURISTS TO BUFFALO

The recent News editorial "Get Falls tourists to try Buffalo" was excellent. The key to accomplishing this is fast, frequent, clean, comfortable transportation -- like we enjoyed many years ago with the Buffalo-Niagara Falls high-speed line.

The Citizens Rapid Transit Committee proposes a rapid-transit train from the center of Niagara Falls to downtown Buffalo. This could connect with a vintage trolley serving the Theater, Entertainment, Business and Cobblestone Districts, and a vintage bus serving Buffalo Place to Elmwood Avenue and Allentown, bringing visitors to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Historical Society Museum. These additional tourists would provide huge new profits for our businesses and boost county sales-tax revenues.

Surface railroad rights-of-way are available from Buffalo's LaSalle Station right into Niagara Falls. Installing new tracks where necessary, building modest stations and purchasing light-rail cars would cost much less per mile than our existing subway. The Tonawanda turnout was built just south of the LaSalle Station to carry trains from the Tonawanda-Falls corridor directly into downtown Buffalo. Completing this turnout would add cost, but would be well worth it. It's likely that construction funds could be obtained from the federal and state governments.

Catharine Fasanello Williamsville

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