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RESIDENTS SPECULATE ON FUTURE TRANSPORTATION

"We want to define some goals and objectives for 20 years from now . . . develop long-range plans" for the area's transportation needs, Charles Frederiksen, told residents Thursday at a workshop of the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council in Lockport High School.

Frederiksen, council executive director, stressed, "We have to identify how we're going to pay for projects we come up with."

When he said the meeting would not address any proposed north-south extensions of Day or Hartland/Gasport roads, a few of the 25-member audience left.

Those who stayed offered some innovative ideas on regional transportation projects once they were told that cost would be no object.

Their ideas included, a totally new north-south bypass around Lockport; keeping trucks on major highways and creating transfer points to smaller vehicles; light-rail transportation between the Buffalo theater district and Lockport with extensions to Niagara Falls; extending Route 990 to the Lockport Bypass, and a highway connecting Niagara Falls, Lockport, and Rochester.

The residents, including some town officials, condensed their ideas into several goals about transportation in 2020. One group thought transportation should be needs-driven, support economic development, and improve quality of life.

Other groups listed safe and adequate movement for agricultural areas; new highway corridors with limited access; preservation of neighborhood characteristics, and public transportation.

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